We Can’t Give Up Democracy to the Russians, or Anyone Else

Nothing is more coveted in western democracy more than an individual’s right to vote for the candidate or issue of their choice. While a privilege for all Americans, the rural voter who may have to travel many miles to get to a ballot box to cast a vote understands the value and meaning of democracy better than anyone.

So it is imperative that our elected officials do everything in their power to protect American Democracy. Unfortunately, there are some lawmakers who choose partisanship over protecting the right of every American to vote. There are endless examples of domestic voter suppression, but siding with potential associates of a foreign country intent on disrupting a U.S. election is unprecedented and wreaks of political treachery.

It is disheartening that many (although not all) Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are obstructing, or at least slow-walking, efforts to determine just how far Russia went to interfere in the 2016 elections. Democracy must remain a non-partisan issue. All avenues must be investigated to ensure Americans their vote is not compromised or tampered with.

We are at a moment in our history when we must consider elected officials who will protect democracy and uphold the law, no matter which party is in power. Unfortunately, the party now in power is showing signs it is not up to the task of protecting democracy from outside intruders, like Vladimir Putin. Today’s Senate hearing into Russia’s interference in the election was an embarrassment for the GOP, as the vast majority of Republicans, led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chose to ignore their duty and sought to divert attention away from getting to the bottom of Russia’s malfeasance. It is a dangerous precedent.

(Note: this post has been updated).

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One Response to “We Can’t Give Up Democracy to the Russians, or Anyone Else”

  1. This is all very true. My late husband served in Asia during the Korean war. My brothers, my grandson have all served their country. This behavior is an insult to honor.

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