What Trump has taken from us

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I am horrified, like many Americans, that Donald Trump and his team attacked our election, but today I think about how the election is being attacked. officials There is a deeper wound all over the nation that will take years to heal.

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I did not plan to write about the January 6 investigation today. But that was before I watched Testimony: Rusty Bowers, Brad Raffensperger, Gabriel Sterling, Shaye Moss և Ruby Freeman.

Their stories of being targeted threats, harassmentև: Insidious accusations remind how much money Trump and his team have malicious electoral fabulists taken from US civilian life. I have spent most of my career studying authoritarian governments, and I have spent a lot of time in some repressive areas, starting with Greece during the military junta as a boy Soviet Union as an adult. I have always felt that returning to the United States, I have returned to the stronghold of democratic stability and civic cooperation.

I do not feel that way anymore!

American elections have never been perfect. Any member of the visible minority knows that. Everyone who has seen the political machine in action knows that too. (I worked in politics in Massachusetts. Grinding is literally called: one of our governors.) But American elections are fair and free, even if it is fashionable among cynics to reject such sentiments among observers abroad.

Our elections work because they are run by ordinary citizens at the state and local level who have either been elected or volunteered to help organize voting as a civic duty. This is an amazing thing. Community volunteers monitor the voting և count the results. I like to vote personally for this very reason. Seeing that people of other nationalities are too terrified to even talk about politics, I was always silently happy when my fellow citizens handed me a ballot to protect my privacy while I was voting.

Trump and his people, however, have made it clear that democracy is a meaningless word. They want what they want,: they will harm anyone who gets in their way. Their goal is to turn public service into a dangerous endeavor, to create an environment in which people working in elections, their fellow Americans, fear for their lives if they do not. cough results they want

These infallible bullies tell other Americans that it is not safe to counterattack them at the ballot box, whether you are a high-ranking official or a classified volunteer, or even if you are the Vice President of the United States. , as Mike Pence learned while hiding from the crowd on January 6.

This is indecent. I think Americans have always understood that running for a high-ranking or national office like the presidency carries a certain risk from unstable people. That’s why we value the Secret Service’s men and women who will hurt themselves, even for candidates. But it has long been a tradition in American politics that serving as an election worker or school board member or local councilor is not a life-threatening offer.

Trump – people like him want to destroy that sense of security, their efforts have an impact. I recently spoke with a close friend who confessed to me that she could vote by mail for the next few elections, as it could be risky. to visit actual polling stations. This is the future that Trump and his supporters want, where only the loyalists will appear, either to work in the polling stations or to vote, and the rest of us put a stamp on the envelope, avoid public involvement and retreat to a safe place. from our homes.

The struggle for democracy in America may soon resemble the struggle for racial-political equality in the 1950s and 1960s, when racist state-local governments denied privilege to black Americans. These battles have been won not only by the legislature, the courts, but also by people who have come together publicly to demand the rights of their citizens. In the upcoming elections, Trump and a bunch of liars and opportunists will continue their efforts to destroy American democracy.

Will the voters stop them?


Today’s News:
  1. President Joe Biden called Congress will abolish the federal gas tax for three months.
  2. The most terrible earthquake took place in Afghanistan In 20 years. At least 1,000 people died.
  3. The senators have arrived bipartisan compromise on the gun-violence-prevention bill.


Evening Read:
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Does the story of Jason Kander have a third act?

The story: John Hendrickson

There is a saying that it is more a whisper that politicians are injured people. That those running for office have a pathological need for confirmation that they are willing to take immoral steps to attract attention, even if it means endangering themselves or their family. Jason Kander is ready to admit that all this is true.

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Listen. Beyonce և Drake start dancing և in the summer of darkness.

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Today marks the 81st anniversary of the Nazi invasion, the war of annihilation that claimed tens of millions of Soviet lives. (The Russians, of course, are now attacking the same cities, cities that were once occupied by the Nazis, soaking the ground in the blood of other Soviet heirs.) If you want an eight-minute musical history of the Eastern Front, Al. Stewart wrote one in 1973 with entirely Russian-inspired musical themes. Stewart is still performing, I saw him in April, he is proud to tell true stories through his music. Give her “Roads to Moscow” to hear

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