I don't know if it's just me or what, but the outburst of emotion from the "one-year since" narratives seems to inspire us to awaken the apathy that has developed over the years. We've had brief spurts here and there - for me it was being at Obama's first inauguration. Now, maybe we can lead ourselves out of the morass of crud that has wormed its way like termites into our infrastructure of Democracy. Here is Robert Reich, and a follow up of an email that just arrived from what I call the confessions of a former Republican.
I wish that I could be as comfortable as you in feeling that President Biden's overwhelming popular vote and electoral college victory signifies that enough sensible and moderate Republican/Independents will not be fooled once again by an autocrat who is certifiably insane.
Unfortunately, I remember too well that Senators McConnell, Graham, and Rubio truthfully excoriated and truthfully exposed Trump's danger to our democracy and Republic during the primaries leading up to Trump's nomination; only to abandon their principles, honesty, and morality after the nomination by jumping on the Trump bandwagon. I can forgive Trump for his actions and words because I truly believe Trump is certifiably insane. I will never forget or forgive Senator Graham, Senator McConnell, or Senator Rubio for their treasonous words and actions during the Trump Administration; and, in particular, their treasonous words and actions after Jan. 6, 2021. First and foremost, I despise Lindsay Graham's duplicity, Mitch McConnell's power grab maneuvering, and to a lesser extent, Marco Rubio's lack of courage. As long as we have a two party system that allows nationally prominent Federal Government Senators and Representatives to completely abandon the Constitutional principle of government by the people in favor of keeping their power at all costs; the survival of our democracy and Republic will continue to be threatened.
The only nationally prominent Republican to stand by his morality, honesty, and loyalty to the Constitutional principle of government by the people (from day one after Trump's nomination; all the way up to the present) was Senator Romney. As everyone on this listserv knows, I voted for President Obama twice. I believe that President Obama was thwarted from becoming one of our greatest Presidents ever by the Republican Establishment. Some of you may not know that I recently changed my life long registration as a Republican. I am now a registered Independent. Trump did not force me to change my registration. Senator Graham, Senator McConnell, and to a lesser extent, Senator Rubio, forced me to change my registration to Independent.
Becky, my concern is that an autocrat/dictator who is not insane (but simply power hungry) could fool enough sensible and moderate Republican/Independents to reach the Oval Office again. I shudder to think that the next autocrat/dictator to become President of the U.S.A. could be a Democrat; although I am comfortable that the next Democrat President will not be a treat to our democracy and Republic. I now regret not voting for Mitt Romney; and the irony of that regret speaks volumes about the fragility of our democracy and Republic.
(taken from an open internet conversation between two people)
Democrats want to fix bridges, provide childcare and lower drug costs. Republicans don't. These are political facts and voters should be aware of them."-
- Magdi Semrau