The reason why John Whitehead's latest column (Macon County News - July 12) is unlikely to be debated is because his assessment of 21st Century America is precisely (though regrettably) correct. We are, as he stated (and worth repeating) “little more than a pay to play banana republic, a plutocracy run by a powerful and corrupt oligarchy from corporate, military and political sectors.”
I believe a significant cause of why he’s right is the monopoly of a two-party system and the overabundance of ballot- access laws which allow it to exist. Though state laws vary widely they accomplish a common goal, to keep third party and potential draftees or write-in candidates off state ballots, consequently reducing the field to two, a Republican and a Democrat.
Most Americans are unaware that upwards of 300 people customarily run for president each election cycle. Some are strictly running independently but several are associated with parties; Libertarian, Constitution, Green, Socialist, Justice, and Common Sense Party (to name a few). Considering the condition our country is in (or the world for that matter), would it not be in the national best interest for us to at least hear their ideas? I think so. Another consideration: Ask yourself why, in a so-called democracy, we have only two viable choices to select the leader of the free world and 50 to choose a Miss America?
Considering Mr. Whitehead's profound words I cannot help but speculate that we have reached that point, yet again, that inspired and prompted the early founders to proclaim unanimously, July 4, 1776, in the Declaration of the 13 united States of America, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Perhaps also, we now have a clearer understanding of the Bill of Rights (especially the 2nd Amendment), ratified some 15 years later, on Dec. 15, 1791. The Supreme Court may injudiciously scramble the meaning of the words in the Constitution in order to achieve a political coup but some of us still regard the Constitution as a fundamental precept, not a cheap, sleight-of-hand (now you see it now you don't) card trick the high court seems to think it is.
David L. Snell — Dillsboro, N.C.