Just as Muslim radicals are not representative of the millions who adhere to the tenets of Islam, so Republican radicals do not represent the good character and moral values of the millions of moderate and conservative Republicans who have been deceived by them and who will vote for them.
Gone is the GOP that once played by the rules of democracy. Radical Republicans will win because they are fighting a war. Democrats are doing politics. War crushes political opposition. The end.
Radical Republicans will soon own Washington like the Taliban own Kabul. Moderate Republicans will be placed on the endangered species list. Democrats will be a weak minority in both houses of Congress. All three branches of our federal government will be dominated by radical Republicans, because parties that fight a war suspend their moral values to win. They gather and operationalize intelligence. They create propaganda. They kill. They lie. They cheat. They steal. They destroy families and democracy because it’s all out war.
Radical Republicans and their proxies have killed tens of thousands of American citizens by spreading propaganda misinformation about COVID-19, masks, immunizations and miracle cures, leaving children bereft of parents and grandparents.
It’s war. People die. The lives of innocent Americans are sacrificed as collateral damage by radical Republican jihadists to enrage the base over rights, freedom, “the Left” and the “Deep State” to turn out conservative voters. Parties at war lie to their voters about their election losses and they cheat to win elections:
The first casualty in war is truth. The second is our own moral core. The third is our love of our fellow Americans. Radical Republicans crossed the Tiber of truth and the Rubicon of morality long ago. Their love of fellow Americans and the love of many of their supporters has been cooled into racism, bigotry and hate by waves of propaganda. The fourth and fifth casualties in the war on our republic may soon be democracy and liberty.
The only chance moderate Republicans and Democrats have to avoid the terror strikes of radical Republican wins in the 2022 and 2024 election cycles will be by working together — as if their liberty depends on it — to pass voting rights legislation now to empower citizens to protect our America democratic republic from defeat in the battle radical Republicans are waging against voting rights and free and fair elections. This is the ground where the fate of our republic will be decided. It is our Pass of Thermopylae and we must defend it like Spartans.
Every generation of Americans is duty bound to act courageously to protect the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights and to promote just laws to secure those rights. Our response to the violent Jan. 6 insurrection should be to work with integrity and fairness within our political institutions to secure and safeguard those institutions.
All Democrat, Independent and moderate Republican voters who value democracy and who are frightened by the prospect of tyranny must become a spur in the side of every moderate Republican senator and a burr under every Senate Democrat’s saddle to get them to pass legislation to protect voting rights now, before it’s too late.
If I were Sen. Mitt Romney, I would seize this moment to join with other moderate Republicans to make protecting voting rights the crescendo of my political career. It would be a crowning life achievement for members of Lincoln’s party to protect free and fair elections and it would attract much needed Latino and African American voters to the GOP to support moderate Republican candidates in primaries.
If we don’t protect fair elections and the right to vote like our liberty depends on it, our generation may witness the death of our American democratic republic.
Eric Hubner, Volcano, Hawai’i, received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, as well as a master of social work degree from the State University of New York. He is a retired mental health therapist and school social worker, who also worked in the addiction field and coordinated services for families at risk of child abuse and neglect.