To survive, democracy must be supported by every American who nurtures it

At the height of Chicago’s Democratic machine, the lore was that you could sometimes see four feet behind the curtain of a voting machine—two belonged to a voter and two belonged to the machine cogs that ensured that citizens did the right thing. Voted from

Such a system made a mockery of democracy and Chicago had to bear the brunt.

Now, anti-democratic forces across the country are determined to take a page from the places and eras where democracy existed in name only. They want to plunge America into a nightmare political system in which the power of the individual vote is eroded and popular reforms cannot be reliably implemented through the ballot box.

The time has come for all Americans to stand up for one person, one vote, while there is still time.

Just last week, a group of historians warned President Joe Biden that today’s threats to democracy are similar to those of the pre-Civil War era, when the country was in turmoil over slavery, and before World War II, when Domestic sympathy for fascism was on the rise. As was the case in earlier times, an alarming number of people of this time hope to find their anti-democratic path through elections by controlling them by electoral machinery or force, rather than prevailing in the market of ideas.

research organization v-way Tells us that democracy is taking a back seat around the world. For the first time in 20 years, the number of non-democratic countries exceeds that of democratic countries. This is a time when America should be a beacon, a showcase for democracy.

Instead, sometimes more efficient gerrymandering; collapse of independent institutions; Political campaigns fueled by black money – themselves due to rising income inequality and support for reversing fair elections – threaten America’s democratic experiment.

In competitively contested elections, winning voters would force candidates to stand up for America’s historical values. But even after the January 6 uprising, eight US senators and 139 delegates took a stand against a peaceful transition of power by voting to uphold one or both objections to Biden’s victory. Other fellow Republicans continue to cheer those votes.

a system where they can’t give up

Friday’s news that the FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents in a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home may have drawn strong condemnation from Trump, even from his loyalists. , if they knew they had to appeal to the majority of Americans. , which cherish democratic ideals rather than the basis of feverish tendencies toward authoritarianism.

Four boxes were marked in the highest security classification. Serious damage could have been done if those documents fell into the wrong hands – potentially putting lives at risk – and it is not yet clear what Trump was planning to do with the documents. Yet many Trump loyalists remained silent, or made excuses for him, despite alarming revelations, including the fact that Trump is under investigation for potentially violating the Espionage Act.

The enthusiasm for counter-majoritarianism continues. Many Republicans don’t want to regroup after an electoral defeat and come up with ideas that resonate with more voters. Instead, they want a system where they can’t give up. Democracy depends on whether citizens are willing to accept defeat in one election calmly in the hope that they can win in the next, but many Republicans no longer want to admit defeat.

Election workers were intimidated and intimidated. Ohio Republicans have drawn up voting maps that actually assure them of victory, even if they get very few votes. The new one-way map of Florida does the same. In addition to Ohio, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana have voting maps that judges say are not fair — but those states are using those maps anyway.

There is also concern for voting rights activists: In four states, election denials have secured nominations for positions that would give them control over the election machinery. Two sheriff’s organizations have said they will investigate the elections, which will have a chilling effect.

Yes, democracy in the United States has a checkered past. Women could not vote until 1920. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were required to open the ballot box to African Americans.

But a healthy democracy is the only hope of our country. Earth is warming. Gun violence is on the rise. State-by-state reproductive rights are targeted. Health care, education and other important issues are under pressure. Chained democracy cannot solve those problems.

The only answer to this is to vote in every election, our ideals are at the forefront and to bring about a huge change. Americans should seize that opportunity.

The Sun-Times welcomes letters to the editor and op-eds. see our guidelines,

Leave a Comment