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Re: Help save American democracy

Molly Melrose
Excellent advice from Robert Reich:

"What can the rest of us do between now and the election to help save American democracy? Let me try out a few answers:

Do everything within your power to ensure that Donald Trump is not re-elected president. For some of us, this will mean taking time out of our normal lives to become more directly politically involved – up to and including getting out the votes in critical swing states.

Do not succumb to the tempting anesthesia of complacency or cynicism. The stakes are too high. Even if you cannot take much time out of your normal life for direct politics, you will need to organize, mobilize and energize your friends, colleagues and neighbors.

Counter lies with truth. When you hear someone repeating a Trump Republican lie, correct it. This will require that you prepare yourself with facts, logic, analysis and sources.

Do not tolerate bigotry and hate. Call it out. Stand up to it. Denounce it. Demand that others denounce it, too.

Do not resort to violence, name-calling, bullying or any of the other tactics that Trump followers may be using.

Be compassionate toward hardcore followers of Trump, but be firm in your opposition. Understand why someone may decide to support Trump, but don’t waste your time and energy trying to convert them. Use your time and energy on those who still have open minds.

Don’t waste your time and energy commiserating with people who already agree with you. Don’t gripe, whine, wring your hands and kvetch with other progressives about how awful Trump and his Republican enablers are. Don’t snivel over or criticize Biden and the Democrats for failing to communicate more effectively. None of this will get you anything except an upset stomach or worse.

Demonstrate, but don’t mistake demonstrating for political action. You may find it gratifying to stand on a corner in Berkeley with a sign asking drivers to “honk if you hate fascism” and elicit lots of honks, but that’s as politically effectual as taking a warm shower. Organize people who don’t normally vote to vote for Biden. Mobilize get-out-the-vote efforts in your community. Get young people involved.

Don’t get deflected by the latest sensationalist post or story by or about Trump. Don’t let the media’s short-term attention span divert your eyes from the prize – the survival of American democracy during one of the greatest stress tests it has had to endure, organized by one of the worst demagogues in American history.

I cannot overstate how critical the outcome of the next 14 months will be to everything we believe in. And the importance of your participation."
Actually, electing Biden who is senile, incompetent, and in deep cognitive decline that everyone now sees, would be the end of Democracy as we know it. Look at the poor state of the nation under Biden: high interest rates preventing young people from buying home, high food and gas inflation affecting the poor and middle class, our open borders which is allowing terrorists, criminals, sex deviants, to freely enter our country without vetting, over 100,000 missing illegal children, new wars we are now involved in....and on top of all that - chaos on many of our colleges and universities calling for the end of America and Israel and our President does and says nothing. We must vote Bide out of office before we lose our country.