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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 09:25 AM

BTRTN: The Search for a Vaccine to Protect Our Democracy

Born To Run The Numbers on the remarkable 17 days between when CNN called the election and when the GSA formally approved the transition, a period in which ordinary citizens rose, did their duty, and took their country back:


Excerpts: "On Monday, AstraZenica joined Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech in becoming the third Pharma giant to announce a vaccine that appears highly effective against COVID-19. Also on Monday, a Republican on the Michigan Board of Canvasses did the right thing, voting to certify the state's election results, which triggered the GSA to formally initiate the transition. Suddenly, in this remarkable month of November, the dam of misery that has been 2020 seemed to be bursting, as a cavalry of science, fact, math, and reality had joined America’s battle against the two pandemics that were threatening our very way of life. Yes, two pandemics...
"It is hard to be as sanguine about the trajectory of our other pandemic, the rise of authoritarianism that sets in when our representatives in government decide that the preservation of their own power is more important than the preservation of democracy. For four long years, we have watched Donald Trump subvert our principles, norms, laws, and our very democracy. Yet somehow worse still, we watched as the leadership of the Republican Party allowed it to happen...
"For 17 days in November, Republican leaders reached the epic apex of their cowardice, bowing before a petty would-be dictator rather than serving the needs of the nation they are sworn to protect. But the days passed, the lawsuits were dismissed, the conspiracies swirled on Fox without gaining traction, the usual occasional Republican objectors spoke up, and then finally, on Monday, one of the two Republicans on the Michigan Board of Cavasses did the right thing, voting to certify the election results. And suddenly, it was over..."

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