The FIGHT for democracy must continue!

Why must we work now to strengthen democracy? 
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” [Edmund Burke].  

What can we each do to strengthen democracy?

The anti-democracy wolf is at the door. We should consider that wolf!   Please note sources at the bottom of the page.

  • 70 million voters (mainly Republicans) love autocracy and Trump.  (a)
  • The disenfranchised voted for Trump and therefore the end of democracy. (b)
  • What has caused this disenfranchisement? 
    Republican economic plans. (c.)

Republicans, through their policies, reward the wealthy while these policies disenfranchise workers and the poor who are drawn into voting Republican due to their repeated lies. (d)(e) 

It is a vicious, yet intentional circle, meant to keep working and middle class Americans voting against their own self-interest.  And it appears the GOP plans to stay on this anti-democracy, pro-racist ‘path’.  

  • How “can [our] nation[s] reverse democratic erosion..?” (f)  With work. Being aware.
  • ”Can a slide toward authoritarianism be reversed?” (f) Yes.
    HOW can we each help save democracy?   Share & defend truth. 
    Share what Democrats believe. (i). Call-out lies each time you can! 
  • “Post” truth on social media.  Support media that support truth. 
    Write letters-to-editors.  Join peaceful protests. Start a ‘truth-phone-tree.’ 
    Help in your precinct. Volunteer.  Share the facts on this page!  
    Support honorable, truthful candidates. 
    Write or call legislators (on topics below)
    : (h) and…then:
Vote! And in primaries!  (g) Join the Democratic party and help your precinct 
Demand voting be easier & accessible Demand legislative spending disclosures
Demand racial and economic justice Demand truth from legislators
Demand decency and honor Demand legislators do their jobs (h)
Demand equal education Demand an end to Gerrymandering
Demand truth and challenge lies Register to vote   (g)
Demand livable wages Demand workers rights
Vote to end felon disenfranchisement Support candidates who share these values (i)
  Right now… Democrats are the only pro-democracy party. 
We need to counter the lies said about us and share (these) our Democratic beliefs:    (i)
Health-care for all     Fair and easy voting     TRUTH
Responsible capitalism             Social Security (not socialism!)
Clean: air & water & energy-jobs    Good! public education
Fair Immigration Laws      Equal opportunity to succeed
Women making their own health choices        
Rule of LawResponsible gun legislation/control       Broadband for all
Justice reform … more rehab, fewer felons       Fair, livable wages
Safe bridges & roads   
     The CONSTITUTION             Democracy! “Of…by…and for the people” NOT corporations.
                                            
www.myhcdp.com
REPUBLICANS BELIEVE IN :  POWER.  No platform. No legislation of/by/for the people. It is the Party of NO, but YES to: Dark Money PACs, supporting the top 1% and to Trump’s attempt to end our democracy. Concerns Americans share and GOP legislators ignore. – Henderson County Democratic Party (myhcdp.com)   (h)
UPDATE:
Many of the above concerns could be addressed to strengthen democracy,
through the HR1-S1 Bill which passed the House and is before the Senate (S-1).
NOTE: The Republicans/GOP do not support The People’s Act which seeks to improve: ETHICS, accountability, solve Citizen United issues of uncapped campaign contributions, support voting rights, end Gerrymandering, introduce campaign finance reform and codes of ethics for the Supreme Court and many more benefits to democracy.
-> Encourage our legislators to support the HR 1 ~ S1 Bill.


“Because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. Our blunders become their burdens. But one thing is certain. If we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birth right. So let us leave behind a country better than one we were left with… “ Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Biden's inauguration Amanda Gorman.  “The Hill We Climb”.  1/20/21. 

Sources: 
(a) Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study | US news | The Guardian
(b)Josh Hawley Speaks For Millions Of Disenfranchised Trump Voters – Rips Dems For Russia Hoax (VIDEO) (americanlookout.com)  and: (Additional source on “disenfranchisement”: “Mass Voter Disenfranchisement”: GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across U.S. Ahead of Election | Democracy Now!)
(c) Disenfranchisement – A Republican Political Strategy | A One Man Think Tank
(d) Trump Lost. But Racism Will Probably Win Again. – Mother Jones
(e) Unity will come when people ‘feel it in their pockets’: former Citigroup chairman (yahoo.com)
(f) Can a Democracy on the Brink of Authoritarianism Recover? – Mother Jones
(g) Sen. Ron Wyden: The Capitol riots prove we need to strengthen our democracy. That begins with voting rights. (nbcnews.com)
(h) Concerns Americans share and GOP legislators ignore. – Henderson County Democratic Party (myhcdp.com)
(i) “Democrats Believe in” table above.
(Additional source on “disenfranchisement”: “Mass Voter Disenfranchisement”: GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across U.S. Ahead of Election | Democracy Now!)

<Peri David, with assist from M. McKay 1/21>

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