For the editor:
January 6, 2021.
The events of that day scare me more than 9/11, 2001. What happened in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was a direct attack on our democracy by our own citizens – ideological fanatics bent on undermining a free election and fair.
The peaceful transfer of power, based on the freely cast votes of American citizens, has made the United States a “shining light on the hill”, [President Ronald Reagan]and is one of the foundations of American democracy.
A new generation of GOP leaders are attacking members of their own party — “not Republican enough” as Matt Adelman put it in his Jan. 5, 2021 op-ed on the Douglas budget — for supporting the former president’s BIG LIE.
“If a lie is printed but often enough it becomes a near truth, and if such a truth is repeated often enough it becomes an article of belief, a dogma, and men will die of it.” In various forms, this quote has been attributed to Hitler, Lenin, and other infamous dictators.
As a Democrat, I often disagree with Republicans, but a functioning democracy that serves ALL of its citizens needs two strong political parties dedicated to bringing the country together through shared values and commitments. There cannot be a party that shuns democracy in a healthy constitutional republic.
I served as an election judge under three Converse County Republican clerks. Each worked hard to follow state law to the letter. We are educated and instructed on exactly how to handle voters and ballots. On polling day, an expert is on duty to help the judges with any questions. Of course, I would love to see more Democrats elected, but I know our vote counts are accurate.
It is time for the Republican Party of Wyoming to accept this TRUTH. THE FORMER PRESIDENT LOST THE ELECTION. Push yourself and move on like Hillary Clinton did when she legally lost an even tighter election five years ago.
In a democracy, the “my way or the highway” philosophy does not work.
President, Converse County Democrats