Letter: Do we want to end our democratic system?

Published: 10/18/2021 7:00:15 AM

Time to make the decision of your life. As former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan taught us, “you are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” However, it seems that millions of our fellow citizens firmly believe that many of us are permitted to have our own facts. Former President Trump leads this group who believe that the election of Joe Biden was because of massive voter fraud. Trump followers know in their hearts that their leader is really the duly elected president. This radical difference in what constitutes truth has led us to a national crisis so intense that we are in the greatest threat to our democratic system since Fort Sumter.

Our founders were committed to the concept of majority rule. Over our history as a Republic we have kept that faith alive. Only the Civil War has interrupted our long history as a Republic. Now that we are witnessing firsthand the radical challenge to our faith in democracy, we must face this crisis and either stand with our democratic tradition of voting or help usher in a new system of a growing autocracy based on a massive lie. Perhaps my understanding of Moynihan and our history and what I see around me in our nation is flawed and not rooted in reality. However, if you have some agreement with me, choose your side and work to help replenish our democracy or get used to a new political system of autocracy.

Donald Johnson



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