Words Matter

What people say matters.  We assume they are speaking about something they believe, something that is a position/idea they support.  The President has said some important things about what he believes in terms of the upcoming election.

During an appearance on Fox and Friends on March 30, President Donald Trump claimed that the “Republican Party would never win another election if it were easier for Americans to vote.”

Democrats proposed measures to ensure states run their elections safely and effectively.  Of the proposed ideas Trump said:

“The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again,” Trump said. “They had things in there about election days and what you do and all sorts of drawbacks. They had things that were just totally crazy and had nothing to do with workers that lost their jobs and companies that we have to save.”

It is clear from these statements that President Trump believes if elections are opened up to allow for mail-in ballots and things like same-day registration, that the Republican Party would never win another election.  So, his efforts to undermine mail-in ballots and expanded opportunities to vote are consistent with his viewpoint that Republicans are afraid of expansion of voter opportunities because people, in general, will choose Democrats over Republicans.  So, his efforts to introduce voter suppression actions, especially against the post office, make logical sense.  He doesn’t want to lose the election.

Unfortunately, his claims that such voting would lead to widespread voter fraud are never supported by evidence.  In fact, he claims that dead people, if there were widespread mailings to all registered voters, would be able to have their ballots cast by others and subvert the voting process. Review of the issue has found that most people who have died actually have been removed from the voter rolls.  That is the function of the monitoring system.

And the president is not the only Republican to admit that making it easier for Americans to vote will hurt the Republican Party. Mitch McConnell, the US Senator from Kentucky and current Senate Majority leader, denounced Democratic plans to increase voter turnout — by, for example, making Election Day a federal holiday — as a “power grab.”

So, leaders of the Republican Party are afraid of expanded voter opportunities.  They believe they will lose elections if this happens.  Therefore, it makes perfect sense for them to follow policies that will interfere with the voting process and/or attempt to institute any program that can suppress the vote.

Makes perfect sense.  The only problem is it against democratic principles.  Some believe the United States is built on a philosophy and practice of democracy.  Clearly, Republicans are against democracy and democratic principles. What they say matters.  Let’s take them at their word…..and take action to protect our country and our democratic philosophy. Clearly democracy is on the ballot….and a Republican vote is a vote to end democracy.  That is why 200 military leaders, including 22 four-star generals, have signed a letter supporting Joe Biden. And hundreds of former Republicans, such as George Will and Colin Powell, have left the party of Trump and urged people to vote against all Republicans.

And now President Trump has indicated that he won’t leave office if he loses…because the election was “rigged” and therefore he didn’t really lose.  This is a clear indication of his sociopathic personality….because sociopaths can never lose. Trump will claim that he really won the election.  The only reason he lost was because of large scale voter fraud with mail-in ballots.  Just as he claimed he actually won the 2016 popular vote.  His 3 million person loss in the popular vote was only because “illegal aliens had voted illegally.”  Of course there was no data to support that claim….but for Trump, as long as he says it, it is true.

It is clear he is an autocrat…believes he alone knows everything and will run the country as he sees fit.  This is, again, consistent with information we know about him.  His professor at the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, said “Trump was the dumbest student I had ever had.”  Dumb because he thought he knew everything and didn’t need to read anything and hear anyone….he “knows more than the generals and the doctors about war and a virus pandemic.”

According to former President Barack Obama, the US “is the only advanced democracy that deliberately discourages people from voting.”  So, this year, democracy is on the ballot.  If you believe in democracy and democratic principles, then you will have to vote against Republicans and for Democrats.  Otherwise, you may see your right to vote eliminated.  And democracy will disappear.

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