Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of American democracy
The American Revolution electrified a world audience. The English colonists’ Declaration of Independence, which claimed that “all men are created equal” and that people possess “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” was a ringing affirmation of human freedom that is still heard centuries later.
America’s democratic spirit helped end the national scourge of human slavery, gave women the right to vote, aided millions of Americans thrown into poverty during the Great Depression, and fueled our battle against fascism and Nazism during World War II.
The American people’s innate humanitarian spirit helped to rebuild a war-torn Europe, and also ensured that the post-war economic boom in the United States led, not just to a concentration of great economic wealth for a few, but to a vast middle class of citizens for whom “the American Dream” became a reality.
But the American people’s high moral calling is under attack from within by antidemocratic, immoral and inhumane social forces.
Although such forces exist throughout American society, they are gathered most effectively within the Republican Party. Republican lawmakers are busy attacking not just the American people’s fundamental democratic right to vote in local, state and national elections, but social democracy in America as well.
For too long, the Republican Party has been engaged in national efforts to deny the right to vote to American citizens. In 2013 alone, Republican lawmakers have proposed 82 voter-restriction laws in 31 states. Although these lawmakers claim that existing voter fraud necessitates such action, they have been unable to provide truthful evidence. Other Republican officials, however, have been more forthcoming in admitting that their motive is to deny the right to vote to as many traditional Democratic Party voters as possible.
Likewise, the Republican Party remains engaged in an all-out assault on federal government programs created to “promote the general Welfare” and “secure domestic Tranquility,” two goals of the social contract enumerated in the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
Attacking social welfare programs has long been a staple of Republican Party politics, dating to as far back as the Great Depression. The current party attack is as inhumane, however, as it was in the 1930s, as too many Americans are continuing to suffer from the negative effects of the greed-driven 2008 financial collapse of the American economy.
In their zeal to shred America’s democratic social fabric, Republican lawmakers have focused their wrath most intently upon the historic health care advancement won for the American people in 2010 by President Barack Obama. The Republican Party’s successful demonization of the Affordable Care Act will result in an unequal distribution of the gains that should be reaped by all of the American people, whose lives, liberty and pursuits of happiness depend on access to affordable and reliable healthcare.
We, the people of the United States of America have an historic moral obligation to defend the individual human rights claimed in our country’s Declaration of Independence, our Constitution’s social contract, and our democratic form of government.
Because of their prolonged history of domestic antidemocratic conduct, the Republican Party does not deserve the vote of any American who still believes in a democratic form of government and in the social contract of the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
This call to defend democracy in America is not an endorsement of the Democratic or any other political party. It is instead an appeal to the good sense of the American people to refuse to support the clear and present danger of the Republican Party to our democracy.
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