A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
At the June 16 hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig, a leading Republican conservative, said,
"Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy."
Below I quote Jessica Craven, the author of Chop Wood. Carry Water who speaks about the dangers to our democracy if Democrats do not retain the House and gain seats in the Senate in the midterm elections. This is imperative because we are now seeing with great clarity that the Republican Party is not “for” democracy.
What’s at stake
“The rise or fall of our democracy will have global consequences. Should it end, the repercussions will leave no one untouched. We can flee to another country, but we won’t be able to escape the devastating climate consequences, the emboldening of strongmen everywhere, the increased danger to marginalized communities, the weakening of democracy in every stronghold. We’re not just fighting for our country, in other words. We’re fighting to save the world as we know it.”
“The whole fight is ours. Whether we know it or not, every American is now conscripted in a battle for the life of our democracy. Those who are ignoring what’s happening or choosing to tune it out will, alas, be no less affected by the outcome than we will. Their inaction is aiding the opposition. If you know people like this please find ways to make them aware of the stakes and get them involved if you can. This is a massively historical moment, and you’re in the center of it. . . . You’re also the reason we’ll win. Never forget it.”
Words of advice: She encourages everyone to stay rested. “It’s hard to take downtime when the country is in an even greater uproar than usual, but one has to try. Remember to breathe. Remember to stay in the day. Remember to focus on simple actions.” She continues, “Remember, fear will tell us to give up. If we do, then we are indeed doomed. Faith, on the other hand, is nothing more than actions taken despite fear. Despite the feeling that we’re too small, the problems are too big, the scale of change needed is too overwhelming. Faith is an action. And in taking action we find over and over again that our fears were wrong all along.”
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