No as­sump­tion of democ­racy

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Mark Sim­mons,

We’ve all grown up with an as­sump­tion of democ­racy. Free, fair elec­tions, the most votes win, ide­olo­gies vie and democ­racy con­tin­ues. This has al­lowed us many free­doms of choice. Vote, don’t vote, vote for a third party. The 2016 elec­tion, plus the ac­tions par­tic­u­larly of elected Repub­li­cans over the past decade (not all, of course, but if the shoe fits) proved we can no longer as­sume the U.S. will re­main a democ­racy. Voter sup­pres­sion. Anti-civil rights laws. Fake news, the pur­vey­ing of a false world­view. The North Carolina leg­is­la­ture’s ac­tions against the fairly elected Demo­cratic gov­er­nor. Don­ald Trump’s al­ready fla­grant dis­dain for Amer­ica’s demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

The lux­ury of in­di­vid­ual in­ac­tion is gone. Our democ­racy is threat­ened. Vote, and act, against the loom­ing au­toc­racy. Pa­tri­otic Repub­li­cans must strongly dis­avow the at­tack on our democ­racy and act with us. Ev­ery­one who cares about Amer­ica re­main­ing a democ­racy must place this above par­ti­san­ship.

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