Mr. Hennen may be right in his analysis of the state of the republic in his column, “Is America worth a fight?”, published July 17. Then, again, he may be wrong. There are no absolutes in how we govern ourselves or live our lives. The founders of this republic relied on the knowledge they possessed in an era far removed from the world in which we live.
If we need any reassurance as to their insight, we need only recognize that the basic rules of this republic have survived and continue to govern us over 230 years after they were adopted.
In spite of the tremendous political, social and economic pressures these men endured, they crafted a Constitution that would grow with the country and encompass changes they knew were coming and more that they could not imagine. The freeing of slaves, the enfranchising of women and minorities, the protection of rights to those it had originally denied are all expansions of our republican rules. It remains flexible enough to deal with changes we know are coming and those we cannot imagine.
What is needed is confidence in the process that allows federalism to work. Conservatives and progressives have forever been at odds and will continue to be; but our republic requires them to find an ability to work together for the betterment of everyone. Hennen decries “political correctness,” but I did not see a rejection of the “Trump or die” political correctness prevalent in the Republican Party.
Our history is replete with changes some believed would destroy the American republic. No one idea owns the American dream, it belongs to everyone and real Americans accept and respect that.
Neither side is right or wrong, the founders knew this. Listen to them, Mr. Hennen.
Carl Wannemacher lives in Perham, Minn.
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