Millions of people across the United States of America will celebrate the country’s 245th birthday this Sunday with barbecues, fireworks and various other activities designed to reinforce feelings of patriotism and national pride. But with a major political party working tirelessly to undermine American democracy, the notion of freedom is being eroded in courtrooms and state palaces.
So on Saturday the St. Louis Post-Expedition The Editorial Board wrote a scathing op-ed in which it lambasted Republican lawmakers who are helping dismantle the American Democratic experiment, such as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who supported the Jan. 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill .
“On this Independence Day, Americans of all political stripes should be able to agree that elections must be accessible and fair, that the legitimacy of these elections must be upheld regardless of the outcome – and that violence is never an acceptable response from citizens who dislike a particular electoral result, ”the Council wrote.
“Yet these fundamental principles, which constitute as good a definition as any of patriotism, are currently being questioned by many Americans and their political leaders”, he continued, stressing that one “majority of republicans still claim to believe the corrosive lie that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. A poll indicates that nearly 4 in 10 Republicans see violence as an acceptable tool to remedy the failures perceived by the country’s leaders. Conscientious patriots, whatever their party, should forcefully reject this inherently anti-American mindset. “
January 6 in particular “was among the darkest moments in the nation’s history,” the council wrote, adding that former President Donald Trump’s “unheard-of refusal to accept his electoral defeat, nor his his supporters’ incitement to attack the United States Capitol in an attempt to reverse that defeat “led to” enduring danger “and to the” contempt for electoral democracy that the episode revealed to the American political right. “
Today’s events speak volumes about the right-wing’s aversion to liberal democracy, the council said.
“It was exhibited by the 147 Republican members of Congress (led by own Missouri Senator Josh Hawley) who, after witnessing the violence that Trump’s grand electoral fraud lie inflicted on the seat of government, further promoted that lie, voting to overturn a valid election based only on their supporters’ disdain for the result. This was revealed by the failure of most Republicans in Congress to hold Trump accountable for what was arguably the most attackable thing a sitting president has ever done. He was exposed in the GOP’s refusal to allow a full investigation into the insurgency, lest it negatively impact their party, ”the board said.
“For months this contempt for electoral democracy has been exposed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures that have passed laws designed to make voting more difficult for minorities, city dwellers, the poor. and others they fear will vote Democrats. And it was exposed again last month, when Senate Republicans did not simply oppose an effort to protect voting rights through federal law, but even refused to let that effort be debated on the ground ” , added the Council. “There are many words that come to mind to describe these actions by one of America’s two major political parties. “Patriotic” is nowhere among them. “