Letter: Crucial vote

Published: 10/24/2021 7:00:31 AM

As we approach the mid-term elections, we again face a stark choice. But this choice is not based on obvious policy differences between the major parties. This choice will determine whether or not democracy survives. One party still believes in the common good, science, facts and democracy. The Republicans, however, no longer believe in the first three, and are actively trying to subvert the fourth. From the “Big Lie” to the insurrection to the anti-democratic restrictive voting bills designed to keep minorities from the polls, the Republicans have demonstrated their goal is not to govern, but to simply retain power at any cost.

So everyone needs to vote, and to vote as if their right to cast meaningful votes in the future is at stake. Because it is. If you can invalidate an election on the basis of “allegations of voter fraud” (see page 1, Republican election playbook: “The only way we lose is if it’s rigged”) you no longer live in a democracy. If the Republicans have their way, we will soon be able to ruefully say, “They pretend to hold elections. We pretend to vote.” Vote Democratic if you wish the great American experiment in democracy to continue. Vote Republican (ironically the party of Lincoln) if you want government of the people, by the people, for the people to perish from the earth, replaced by government of the powerful, by the powerful, for the powerful. To any student of history, that will sound depressingly familiar.

Kirke Wheeler



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