Letter: Without a vote, we are powerless

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The Oct. 9 editorial, "No on mass transit votes," begins by extolling the virtues of a representative form of government.

As our Founding Fathers envisioned how government was to work, the choice of a republic form of government as opposed to a pure democracy was indeed a wise choice.

The problem is that our current government; be it national, state, or local, functions nothing like the Founders envisioned it. They envisioned a representative government responsive to the people — the form of government Abraham Lincoln spoke of in his Gettysburg Address, a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."

When you have a government that is not responsive to the people, which will not allow the people to vote on issues that will severely affect their taxes, when elected officials allow five unelected board members to ultimately financially encumber every citizen of Clark County, you have neither a representative form of government, nor a pure democracy — you have tyranny.

The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Adam Jackson

Brush Prairie