Opinion

Republicans are out to destroy American democracy

To the editor:

I’ll be blunt: the white Republican Party is out to destroy American democracy. They are shredding our Constitution; want to end Medicare, Social Security, health care; want to build walls; force religion (theirs) on everyone; want to deport all aliens, Mexicans, Muslims; want all white Americans, to include even the insane, to carry guns; end all public school education; make it legal for politicians to physically attack reporters and our media; to end all so called free media; make it almost lawful for white police to murder unarmed citizens, mostly non-white; covering up treasonous acts and actions. I could go on and on. 

This is an all-out war and attack on the foundations of what makes America one of the most powerful nations on Earth: Its liberal beliefs and ideology, basically democracy.

Witness what happened in Montana with the special election of Rep. Greg Gianforte, who won anyway after the night before attacking and body slamming a reporter for exercising the right of a free media to ask him a question. Greg Gianforte still won the election after being charged with assault. And the white elitist Republicans cheer this on.

These so called American Republicans have lost their moral and ethical compass to such an extent that utilizing any and all means to destroy democracy, even to enlist the aid of Russia, is fair game. In less than 30 years, powerful forces in America and without, such as billionaires, corporations, special interests, political parties, fanatic Christians, etc, have organized and created a powerful ideological machine that has indoctrinated basically a free people, to destroy itself and the future of their grandchildren.

All great empires — Roman, Greek, Babylonian, etc. – were destroyed from within, not from without, from the same social, personal and political forces and actions I outline above. You would think we would learn from history; not so.

The Grand Ole Party is no more. It’s a party fueled by hate, rage, ignorance, fear and intolerance. Empathy for one’s fellow man is gone. Now it’s all about me, myself and I, wealth gotten at any price, and just a general intolerance for one’s fellow human.

We have to be ever vigilant against those who want to destroy democracy, a political system that benefits “everyone”, against those who want to destroy it to benefit only themselves at the cost of the many. Democracy is an everyday struggle against forces that would want to dismantle and destroy it.

With that I’ll leave you with these two quotes on democracy: It would be wise to ponder long and hard on the truth they basically state:

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” John Adams,Constitution signer.

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” Plato, Greek philosopher.

James P. Chasse

St Agatha

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