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One year after the insurrection, the republic is still under threat

On January 6, 2021, far-right extremists, incited by Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mo Brooks, and others on the far right of the political spectrum violently attempted to overthrow the incoming Administration before it could take office by disrupting the official preceding to certify the Electoral College vote from the 2020 Presidential election. Despite the rioting and disruption of the Congressional preceding by the far-right terrorists, Joe Biden’s election as the 46th President of the United States was certified.

One year has passed since the insurrection, and never in modern American history has the American form of democratic and republican government been in as much peril as it is now.

There are two major political parties in the United States: the Democratic Party, a center-left to left-wing party with numerous ideological factions, and the Republican Party, a far-right political party where most of the infighting is due to ego of its most prominent members more than anything ideological. Being a truly functional democracy and republic requires, in addition to other requirements for a form of government to be of a democratic and republican form of government, at least two major political parties to support the ideal of government of, by, and for the people. Unfortunately, in the United States today, we only have one major political party that supports the ideal of government of, by, and for the people: the Democratic Party.

The Republican Party has, since Donald Trump became its de facto leader, become a far-right, fascist political party driven by a cult of personality, not drastically dissimilar to the German Nazi Party of the 1930’s and early-to-mid-1940’s. The vast majority of Republicans believe that any election that they lose is illegitimate, that they are the only people entitled to any legal rights, that laws don’t apply to them, that only white men who are straight, cisgender, and Christian can be considered Americans, and that violently overthrowing a government elected by the people in free and fair elections is a perfectly acceptable action to take. None of these values are American values, and every American should oppose the political values of today’s Republican Party.

On this January 6, let us recommit ourselves to the values of democracy, the rule of law, and a republican form of government of, by, and for the American people. On November 8 of this year, let us elect larger Congressional majorities for the Democratic Party so that America’s democratic and republican form of government can be saved.




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