Des Moines —
While it is true our representatives are democratically elected, that does not mean we live in a democracy. A democracy is a government ruled by the whims and passions of people. It is where fifty-percent-plus-one has the power to demand what it wants from the remaining populace, even if it’s wrong.
Benjamin Franklin said it best when he quipped, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
If we truly prize our liberties, as our state motto suggests, it is incumbent upon us as citizens to know the difference between a democracy and a republic and to make corrections where necessary.
As always, I appreciate and welcome your comments and feedback. Please feel free to contact me with your issues or concerns as they arise either by phone (515-281-3221), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person when visiting the Capitol or a town hall forum.
On Friday, April 12, I will be at the Pleasantville City Hall at 9 am; Sully City Hall at 3 pm; and finish at Monroe City Hall at 5:30 pm. I hope you can make it to one of these forums.
I consider it an honor to be your representative in the Iowa Legislature. Until next time, God bless!
Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Columbia)
Iowa House District 28