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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:16 AM

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

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 won’t affect how I vote.

I’m 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 I’m not a Democrat, I will continue to vote exclusively for Democrats — as I have done in every election since 2016 — until the GOP ceases to pose an existential threat to our freedom.

If you want to know why I’m 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 Trump’s 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 Georgia’s governor and legislative leaders urging them to convene a special session to appoint pro-Trump electors in a state that Trump lost. When Rosen wouldn’t 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 — 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 doesn’t happen and Republicans rig the rules, small-D democrats can still prevail by turning out en masse to vote for Big-D Democrats.

It doesn’t 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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Reply Opinion: I'm no Democrat -- but I'm voting exclusively for Democrats to save our democracy (Original post)
LetMyPeopleVote Oct 13 OP
msongs Oct 13 #1
tableturner Oct 13 #3
elleng Oct 13 #4
lagomorph777 Oct 13 #12
ShazzieB Oct 13 #13
COL Mustard Oct 13 #15
msongs Oct 13 #16
LetMyPeopleVote Oct 13 #2
Rhiannon12866 Oct 13 #5
LetMyPeopleVote Oct 13 #6
Rhiannon12866 Oct 13 #7
BigmanPigman Oct 13 #8
argyl Oct 13 #9
BigmanPigman Oct 13 #10
NullTuples Oct 13 #11
COL Mustard Oct 13 #14

Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:24 AM

1. action speaks louder than words in a paper hardly anybody reads nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:42 AM

3. Baloney! PLENTY of people read the Post!

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Response to tableturner (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:47 AM

4. Of course.

Sounds like one of those encouraged by former NJ Governor Christie Todd Whitman.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016303917

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:12 PM

12. You must be confused. This is in the Washington Post.

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:58 PM

13. Really?

Nobody reads the Washington Post!? Seriously?

What planet are you posting from. It can't be earth.

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:20 PM

15. They Used To Run Gag Labels On The Post's Sections

The Style section had "The Ear No One Reads" or something like that. Very odd.

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:24 PM

16. in a nation of 332 million ppl hardly anyone reads the WP esp outside political

junkies

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:41 AM

2. Joy Reid covered Max Boot's editorial

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:06 AM

5. Twitter followup:

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:22 AM

6. I am scared

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:24 AM

7. Same here and it's not getting better.

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:55 AM

8. I have been scared for 5 years.

I have the feeling Biden may be the last POTUS that our democracy will legally elect. I am almost relieved that I won't live a long life and I am grateful I chose not to have kids a looooong time ago. I certainly don't want to live in a country that is pro-tRump after everything we have experienced.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 03:41 AM

9. I've been living in Bangkok for a little more than three years.

But if a Democrat doesn't doesn't keep the White House and this making it increasingly harder for ALL the " not really Americans" to vote doesn't start turning around I may never come back, to live anyway.
I voted overseas in 2018 and 2020. As a Texan I desperately wanted Beto to beat Count Chocula. And I definitely wanted to vote for Biden over the Odious One.

And I'll definitely be casting my overseas ballot in 2022 and 2024.
If the voting's fair and all Texans are allowed equal access to the ballots Texas will go blue in 2024. But those are some big ifs, unfortunately.

Texas could pull off a big upset like Georgia did in 2020. But they can't allow it. Texas had 38 EC votes in 2020 and with the two extra EC votes they'll have by gaining two Congressional seats they'll have 40 in 2024.
Losing Texas would mean their demise as a National party. They'll steal it by any means possible.

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Response to argyl (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 04:53 AM

10. "...by any means possible"

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:27 AM

11. See, this is what is so frustrating...

We're all saying "I'm voting straight down the ticket all Democratic Party no matter what".

Because we have to do so. We know we do. So do they.

For my entire adult life (I'm an older Gen-X) the Democratic Party has known this. It's what allows them to move further and further right. "Centrist" now is all too often practically Republican of 35-40 yrs ago in many ways. Ostensibly to try to capture those Republican voters who are okay with the racism, sexism, elitism, ableism, etc of the GOP but lose their senses for a moment, just long enough to vote for Dem President. I have a feeling it's also much more lucrative for the Dem Party and its member politicians, since few corporate donors are going to be hanging out further to the left. And it's very, very stable. There's little risk to them or their political futures. We'll always need them.

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:19 PM

14. Max, Welcome To The Dark Side

You must now use the Force for good! Then, and only then, can you return from whence you came.

Plus, if you play your cards right, you can get a really cool cape and a helmet!!!

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