Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot published a powerful essay on Monday in which he encouraged and implored voters from across the political spectrum to vote only for Democrats – no matter who they are or the office they seek – in every local, state, and national race from now until the next presidential election on Tuesday, November 5th, 2024.
Boot’s simple, compelling case for rejecting Republican candidates rests squarely on preventing former President Donald Trump from either winning or stealing a second term and thereby ending the American democratic experiment.
“I’m a single-issue voter. My issue is the fate of democracy in the United States. Simply put, I have no faith that we will remain a democracy if Republicans win power,” Boot wrote. “Thus, although I’m not a Democrat, I will continue to vote exclusively for Democrats — as I have done in every election since 2016 — until the GOP ceases to pose an existential threat to our freedom.”
The torrent of revelations from the waning days of Trump’s single four-year term that are emerging almost daily in the press – thanks in large part to the Democratic-led investigations into Trump’s insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th – is only beginning to reveal the depths of Trump’s unscrupulous madness inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which manifested through his corrupt abuses of power and deranged denial of his landslide 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.
What makes Trump’s insanity truly dangerous, Boot argues, is how contagious it has proven to be throughout the GOP.
“It is mind-boggling that a defeated president won’t accept the election outcome — the sine qua non of democracy. That has never happened in U.S. history. What is even more alarming is that more than 60 percent of Republicans agree with his preposterous assertion that the election was stolen and want him to remain as the party’s leader,” he said. “Most Republicans couldn’t care less about the latest revelations of Trump’s coup plots. There isn’t an iota of outrage on the right over the Eastman memo or the Judiciary Committee revelations. If Trump runs for president again — as he shows every sign of doing — he will be a shoo-in for the nomination.”
Biden’s victories across several key battleground states were, however, mostly marginal, and Republicans in 49 states have like gangbusters been drafting and enacting legislation aimed at disenfranchising voters and rigging contests in their favor.
“We only narrowly defeated the Trump coup in 2020 — and his loyalists are now purging Republican officeholders who refused to cooperate with this assault on democracy. It would be foolhardy to imagine that Republican officeholders who go along with the ‘big lie’ now — as almost all of them do — will resist it in 2024,” Boot wrote.
Thus, with the Republican Party now relegated as a lost cause, the only roadmap to successfully defeating the right-wing’s holy war on democracy is to vote for Democrats, Boot concluded.
“To prevent a successful coup in 2024, it is imperative to elect Democrats at every level of government in 2021 and 2022 — to state legislatures and governorships, as well as the House and Senate. Democrats should break a Senate filibuster to pass voting rights legislation that would help ensure free elections. But even if that doesn’t happen and Republicans rig the rules, small-D democrats can still prevail by turning out en masse to vote for Big-D Democrats,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you think the Build Back Better bill is too small or too big. What matters now is preserving our endangered democracy. We must not get so distracted by relatively minor policy quibbles that we lose sight of the true stakes in 2021, 2022, and 2024.”
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