Rights for all

"Liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." -- Thomas Jefferson.

America would be much different today if we were a true democracy. Our forefathers wrote the constitution to protect the rights of all people. Democracy does not protect the rights of all people, because it is majority rules.If we were a true democracy we would not care what the minority wants or needs. This would take their rights away as Americans, as in handicapped, elderly, ethnic, and many others.

I am taking a class in government. My assignment was to study democracy and write a letter to the editor. I am able to write this because of my first amendment rights. I was happy to learn that we are not a true democracy, because now I know that our government protects all people. I am 15 years old and look forward to voting in the next presidential election. I'm glad that I have so many rights in this country.

Paul Rovaniek

Hood River

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