...A Republic, if we can keep it" The famous response of Benjamin Franklin when asked, what kind of government did he give us, after the drafting of the United States Constitution. In recent years, our country has been driven to a precipice from the improprieties of our top politicians to the global pandemic. America stands at the crossroads of self-identity. We have been forced to make a choice to decide who we are going to be as people. The choice has never been more binary. Rarely, in the history of our democracy, have we been faced with two presidential candidates where the differences are so clear-cut. The differences are too many to list and the similarities… well, crickets.
A True Democracy
The passion, demeanor, belief, and health, of a nation, are shaped by its governance. America has been twisted, turned, roasted, and baked into what it is today. We have been governed by administrations that were overly liberal, ultra-conservative, and some, that had most everyone's interests at heart. We have been subjected to policies that are inclusive and exclusive. No matter what you think about America, our government was elected of the people, by the people, and for the people. We, the people, are squarely responsible for the good, the bad, and the ugly. The aforementioned is arguably defined as a Democracy. Some may argue, our form of government is a Republic. Either way, for the scope of this article, the definitions are synonymous.
While historically, this has not always been the case. current conventional wisdom has it, that the higher the voter turnout, the more likely, the Democrats will win the White House. According to Gallup, as of May 2020, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, 25% identified as Republican, and 40% as Independent. Additionally, polling showed that 50% are either "Democrats or Democratic leaners" and 38% are either "Republicans or Republican leaners" when Independents are asked "do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party? This has been the motive for voter suppression at the state level in recent years.
What's the Point?
If the current administration is allowed to get away with what is happening with our postal system, the election of the next president, of the people, for the people and by the people, will be forever stolen. Former Vice President Joe Biden has been credited with the mantra, “We are in the battle for the soul of our nation”. While I am not a subscriber of any particular political party, this couldn’t ring truer, in my opinion. The US Postal System is being undermined and suppressed by the current administration in an attempt to subdue voter turnout, chalking up a new low for this administration. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on our ability to vote safely. Voting my mail was a viable solution. It is legal and reduces the health risk. Voter suppression typically is more prevalent at the state level. Now, as a nation, we have to grapple with it at the highest level of government. This strikes at the very heart of our Democracy.
An Offered Solution
Whether, Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Libertarian, we, the people, should all be screaming from the rooftops to stop the very thing Benjamin Franklin was so concerned about so long ago. Covid-19 poses a threat to our ability to vote safely but also looms the threat of the suppression of our vote. If voting by mail is not an option, drive, run, walk or crawl, to the polls and vote. Bring your friends and family, wear your mask and social distance. We cannot let this happen. In my view, this is worse than treason. This is attempted theft of our Democracy!