Why I’m in This Fight for Democracy Itself

I grew up in a family where we could talk about cultural issues and have open debates on things while still respecting one another, listening, sharing, trading thoughts and views on the political scene.

It was normal for me to listen in as my parents and grandparents, my aunts and uncles, offered their perspectives on issues at the dinner table and I wanted to be part of the conversation, too. It felt like everyone was welcome to be part of it.

In my family there are Republicans and Democrats and Independents.

As a lifelong Democrat, I have never been this involved in a political campaign but it is crystal clear to me that this election is the most consequential for our country and the world.

I am in this fight for democracy itself.

As a writer and a creative person I believe we must maintain, protect and uphold the freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, and the right to speak truth to power without fear of abusive, violent retaliation or suppression.

I have seen these freedoms being deliberately eroded, and fast, over the past four years, the truth and facts distorted, hidden, ignored, and blatantly manipulated, causing more and more people to be afraid to speak the truth in media, in the streets, in high levels of government and even in our own families.

The only way to achieve equality and justice for all in this country and to fight climate change all over the globe is to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms to communicate hard truths with full transparency when it matters most.

Because if the truth doesn’t matter, then nothing does.

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19 Replies to “Why I’m in This Fight for Democracy Itself”

  1. I’m sorry I didn’t read this because I can’t, you know. But “democracy” stood out to me in the title. I’ve already gotten into one bar fight on WordPress with one liberal that I didn’t want to get in a fight with you because I like to think we’re friends. That other woman I could give a flying fuck for. Nevertheless, we hear a lot about “democracy” lately, and really, I don’t think many people really know what a democracy really is. It all sounds good, I know, but still, it is basically considered “mob rules.” We live in a Republic and we live in a Republic for a reason. I took it upon myself to find something, anything, that might explain it better than I can, and I found this video on YouTube that explains several forms of government and the reasons the one’s today prevail the way they do. At least this worked for me.

    At any rate, I’m not trying to anger you or make light of anything you may have written, Like I said, I’ve already got in one brawl with a woman here and I’m not looking to upset anyone but simply show & prove why we live in a Republic. It’s very easy to be confused and I admit, were I not confused myself, I never would have gone looking for an explanation.

    Anyway, that’s all I got to say about that.

    Peace.

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    1. An interesting video you have found. I think it is important to be clear that the term ‘democracy’ is not a monolith, nor are democracy and republic a true binary. There are many forms of democracy around the world (falling along the democracy index), and many variations of such. For purposes of understanding the essence of what I express in my essay, there is essentially no need to distinguish between democracy and/or republic. We live in a representative democracy as well as a constitutional democracy, whereby there are checks and balances on the majority in order to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens under the law of the constitution. Separation of powers, as well as local, state, and federally elected representatives, all of these checks on power have been established by the founders in order to protect the republic and make it as strong as possible, while maintaining government for and by the people. So to say that our democracy is essentially “mob rules” would not be correct because it does not appreciate the many judicial institutions we have established to prevent a majority from trampling the rights of a minority. What is critical, in my view, is that we maintain and preserve our fundamental rights to freedom of speech and a voice in our representative constitutional democracy, free and fair elections, and so forth.

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    1. You are a gem, dear Chuck. And you remind me I really do want to record my voice in the very near future…. my time is too thin these days, but I will make a point of it. It is such a different, deeper way of expression, of connection. Thank you for your gracious, generous words of support. Blessings I send to you. ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. Thank you My Dear for your response! It’s always a joy to know you can encourage and brighten up someone’s day! Oh, Allison, don’t be teasing me with talks about you doing more recordings! LOL Don’t focus on anything more than what you have been – saving our democracy. You are so wonderful up on a Soapbox!!! Sending blessings and Big Hugs to you!! πŸ’–πŸ˜Š
        xoxo
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          1. It’s the truth!! I guess with social distancing internet hugs are better than the ones you don’t get in real life!! Thanks for them – Sending you a truckload in case your internet connection goes down! LOL!
            xoxo
            πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸŒΉπŸ˜

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