Where I stand This mess of ours
As the wheels of justice slowly turn in our nation’s capital, the American public has been allowed a startling view of an investigation into the legitimacy of this presidency following coordination with a foreign enemy on behalf of the campaign, and the corruption and rot that permeates at every level of this administration.
What it, and the very insufficient response from leadership has shown us, is that the Republican cult of enablers and excuse-makers is too far gone, and/or too equally invested in the graft and rigging of the political system to be counted on to protect America and Americans.
This is not about partisan battles, it is now about preserving our democracy and ensuring the future health of our nation with the specter of outright fascism further down our slide under authoritarianism. It’s easy to see the onslaught of terrible news stories and feel powerless. But what can we do?
Midterm elections are coming up this November, and there are races across our country and right here in our state that will go a long way toward deciding what path we take from here to 2020. Get involved in the campaigns of good Democratic candidates, and help by putting in the valuable work of phone banking, door knocking, sending your friends and neighbors texts and postcards — anything to help those running to elevate their campaign message and reach voters.
We have the opportunity to elect those who will represent us — all of us — not just special interests and corporate entities. We will do so by communicating how important this election is, that the right to exercise one’s vote is more of an obligation to take seriously than a privilege to simply ignore, and, most crucially, we need to engage new people in the process and will do so by making sure they and their concerns are heard, understood, and will be addressed when we win. This applies to every race from local state Representatives to U.S. Senators.
During his campaign leading up to the 2016 election, Trump succinctly stated that if we the people voted for Hillary Clinton for President, it would “create an unprecedented and protracted constitutional crisis,” and that we’d then have a president “under investigation for many years, probably concluding in a criminal trial.” For the nearly 66 million of us who voted for her, that does seem to be coming true. Hopefully, the rest of America will recognize the great danger we’re in before it’s too late, and mobilize, right now, to protect the country we love from further damage at the hands of this crook and his cadre of irredeemable goons.
James Naddeo is a resident of Bethel.