Not Standing Up for Voting Rights Undermines Democracy

Ann Pompelio
Published: 01/16/2022

A year has passed since the January 6, 2021 attack on our nation’s Capitol. A throng of Americans, spurred by an outgoing president who urged his supporters to “fight like hell, or you won’t have a country,” stormed the Capitol to carry out Trump’s wish to stop certification of the 2020 election.

Republican and Democrat legislators, and the media, immediately condemned the attack on the Capitol. Soon after, the condemnation dwindled. Republican legislators and Republican leaning media downplayed the attack. January 6th was spun as a lawful protest by patriots who believed the 2020 election was stolen. Not the whole election, because elections of Republicans down ballot were legitimate; only Trump votes were stolen. What gaslighting.

In 2021 over 400 bills were introduced in State legislatures aimed at making it harder to vote. Does that bother you? Do you suspect that January 6, 2021 was a practice run for future insurrections? Are you nervous about the increasing ideological and political divides in the country? Are you worried that our democracy could spiral into autocracy?

Voter suppression undermines democracy. Normalizing sedition undermines democracy. Accepting the Big Lie of a “stolen election” undermines democracy.

Topics: Democratic PartyElectionsRepublican PartyStop the StealUS CongressVotingVoting Rights