Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Aug. 17, 2022

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Letter: Stand up for democracy


Last year, I watched in horror the scene at the U.S. Capitol, as a violent mob fought Capitol Police and stormed the building. Not a one-and-done attempt to destroy our democratic republic, there’s an ongoing, concerted effort to undermine the very foundations of our country.

Regarding Jan. 6, mounting evidence shows:

a) The mob intended to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election;

b) Lies by the former Republican president motivated the mob;

c) Elected Republican leaders continue to spread lies about the 2020 election;

d) These same Republican forces are now working at the state level to advance the goals of the Jan. 6 rioters, enacting laws to restrict our freedom to vote.

These lies and autocratic activity all follow the 1930s fascist playbook.

Our democracy is fragile, and needs at least two strong political parties. We all need to protect it. If you have identified as Republican, but don’t support that party’s increasingly authoritarian values, take action. Contact your party leaders and members of Congress. Demand the truth. Tell them they need to support democracy and the Freedom to Vote Act. That you believe in the rule of law, and that those responsible for the deadly insurrection at the Capitol are held accountable.

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