The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kirsti Buckendorf of Oak Ridge High School for her essay about the United States Constitution.
Kirsti’s essay dealt with one of the fundamental issues that America’s founders struggled with: Should the United States governing form be a democracy or a republic? The essay addressed the serious shortcomings of a democratic form of government where the majority of voters who elect people who promise them more stuff can create a tyrannical system that abuses the rights of the minority of citizens.
A republican form of government was chosen to limit the power of the central government and maximize the rights of the states. From the latest scandal over IRS harassment of conservative groups to the vast overreach of Obamacare, the continued march toward centralization of power in the federal government will continue unabated unless more people like Kirsti take an active interest in our government processes.
The scholarship was awarded at the annual awards presentation on Wednesday, May 22, at Oak Ridge High School.