Republicans are big threat to democracy
Today’s Republican Party presents the most significant threat to our democracy in modern history.
Over the last five years, their powerful politicians and most of their constituents have pledged their loyalty to a self-absorbed despot.
Despite the fact that their leader lost the last presidential election by over 7 million votes, many of the Republican political leaders and 78% of their constituents continue to believe that the most closely scrutinized election of our lifetime was rigged.
After 60 court challenges were summarily dismissed and all 50 states certified their election results, Trump and the white supremacists wing of the Republican Party resorted to a violent terrorist attack on our Capitol building. The goal of these Trump supporters was to hang the vice president, kill Democratic members of Congress and to overturn the election results, disenfranchising over 81 million American voters.
Three decades ago, Republicans realized that they were slowly becoming the minority party in the United States, so they used GOP fat-cat money to wage gerrymandering court battles and just now have gained full political control of the South.
It has become the perfect time for them to sponsor over 240 voter suppression bills in 43 states.
The cornerstone of our democracy is the right to vote.
If the Republican Party succeeds with their voter suppression tactics, then I fear that the democracy our Founding Fathers envisioned may be lost to the power of despots.
Democracy works with participation
Your editorial of March 30 that the Schenectady school board has “A second chance to get it right” indicated Schenectady school boards members need “to do differently and how they hope to make up for the way they handled the original search, so we all aren’t left with a similar result. And the public must be prepared to participate and offer guidance.”
Our representative democracy within our educational system needs effective participation by parents, teachers and administrators to address the “social and emotional learning” to further our “whole child” policies.
Cooperative decision making offers opportunities for innovative educational development of our youth to sustain democracy’s human rights, especially for youth-at-risk and individuals with disabilities.
In addition, the County Shared Services Plan can improve participatory democracy through cooperation of municipalities, school districts and non-profit organizations.
Inclusion of families, faculty, social workers and probation officials can orient “social and emotional learning” programs and enhance coordinated services, especially for youth-at-risk and individuals with disabilities.
Our public health crisis has exposed dysfunctions throughout our communities that participatory democracy can change toward expanded innovative human rights programs with guarantees of our Constitutional blessings.
We need participatory democracy for families and communities to exclude abuse of power and authoritarian neo-confederate restrictions.
Americans stupidly giving up privacy
In the April 4 Sunday Gazette, it was reported that the personal data of 533 million individuals was hacked (“Report: Facebook data on 533M users leaked”) and three pages later is an article on the medical passports to be on our phones (“How Excelsior Pass, the first U.S. vaccine passport works.”)
Are Americans stupid, lazy or just so full of fear that loss of personal freedom is necessary for safety —even when that safety is simply an illusion.
Masters must stand against suppression
The board at Augusta National Golf Course should take a stance against the recent restrictive legislation signed into law in Georgia.
Major League Baseball has already pulled its annual All-Star game from Atlanta.
Likewise, many major corporations have voiced their strong opposition to this recent craziness which makes it a felony to bring water to voters standing in line waiting to vote.
I am not saying to cancel the Masters. However, a sternly written position letter would seem to be in order. Anything less seems to me to be complicit.
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