The traitors in that violent mob did not act on their own. The events of Jan. 6 began much earlier, seeded and spurred on by a deranged president and many of the nation’s most powerful Republican politicians.
On the last day of 2020, I wanted to share with you what kept me going this extra-long election cycle — the light-hearted motivators and the inspiring activists. And of course, Bode and my amazing family.
Those of us who care about democracy can no longer afford to rely on the type of prideful political courage Kennedy described in 1955. We must go further to display our own political courage by tackling these grave problems.
Trumpism has taught us that, for our democracy to survive, we cannot allow ourselves to be exposed to public evils from private vices. This means hardening our institutions of democracy and making them more explicit.
More than 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that eligible citizens have a constitutional right to vote and “to have their votes counted.” Now more than ever, we must fight to ensure every vote is counted.
All of us have a moral obligation to continue the fight for freedom and justice that was the cornerstone of Justice Ginsburg’s life and career. And we must do it now. We cannot wait for our mourning to be over.
We will not protect the right to vote and preserve our democracy unless every one of us is willing to say out loud that the assault on democracy coming from Donald Trump and his allies is dangerous and unacceptable.
We cannot let democracy suffer at the hands of state inaction or presidential intimidation. Ballot drop boxes are one of four easy ways voters can safely and securely vote without relying on the USPS.
Wisconsin’s April primary election illustrated what could go wrong in an American election during a pandemic. Voters faced long lines, conflicting government orders, and spikes of the virus. Wisconsin was only the beginning.
College students face an uncertain fall semester. COVID-19 creates a long list of questions and worries. And, as we head toward a contentious November election, add to that list confusion about how and where to vote.