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Tue Oct 12, 2021, 11:16 PM

Opinion: I'm no Democrat -- but I'm voting exclusively for Democrats to save our democracy [View all]

If we want to save our democratic form of government, we need to make sure that as many Democrats are elected in 2022 as possible


There appears to be a consensus in Washington that the success of the Biden presidency will hinge on the outcome of the massive infrastructure and social-spending bills now before Congress. That may be true, but their fate wonít affect how I vote.

Iím a single-issue voter. My issue is the fate of democracy in the United States. Simply put, I have no faith that we will remain a democracy if Republicans win power. Thus, although Iím not a Democrat, I will continue to vote exclusively for Democrats ó as I have done in every election since 2016 ó until the GOP ceases to pose an existential threat to our freedom.

If you want to know why Iím so alarmed about the current state of my former party, look at the dueling documents released last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee about President Donald Trumpís attempt to pressure the Justice Department into helping to overturn the 2020 election.

Committee Democrats issued a lengthy report documenting all of the pressure Trump applied to acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to substantiate bogus claims of election fraud. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark was nauseatingly eager to cooperate by sending a letter to Georgiaís governor and legislative leaders urging them to convene a special session to appoint pro-Trump electors in a state that Trump lost. When Rosen wouldnít cooperate, Trump threatened to replace him with Clark.....

To prevent a successful coup in 2024, it is imperative to elect Democrats at every level of government in 2021 and 2022 ó to state legislatures and governorships, as well as the House and Senate. Democrats should break a Senate filibuster to pass voting rights legislation that would help ensure free elections. But even if that doesnít happen and Republicans rig the rules, small-D democrats can still prevail by turning out en masse to vote for Big-D Democrats.

It doesnít matter if you think the Build Back Better bill is too small or too big. What matters now is preserving our endangered democracy. We must not get so distracted by relatively minor policy quibbles that we lose sight of the true stakes in 2021, 2022 and 2024.

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COL Mustard Oct 2021 #15
msongs Oct 2021 #16
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