Newspaper Editorial Board Wastes Republicans for Working to Destroy Democracy
Millions of people across the United States of America will celebrate the country’s 245th birthday this Sunday with barbeques, fireworks, and various other activities intended to boost feelings of patriotism and national pride. But with one major political party working tirelessly to undermine American democracy, the notion of freedom is being whittled away in courtrooms and statehouses alike.
Thus, on Saturday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board penned a scathing op-ed in which it blasted Republican lawmakers who are participating in the dismantling of the American democratic experiment, such as Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), who supported the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.
“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 those elections must be respected regardless of outcome — and that violence is never an acceptable response from citizens who don’t like a particular election result,” the Board wrote.
“Yet those fundamental principles, which are as good a definition of patriotism as any, are currently being challenged by large swaths of Americans and their political leaders,” it continued, emphasizing that a “majority of Republicans still claim to believe the corrosive lie that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. One poll indicates close to 4 in 10 Republicans consider violence to be an acceptable tool to address perceived failures by the nation’s leaders. Patriots of conscience, regardless of party, should forcefully reject this inherently un-American mindset.”
January 6th in particular “was among the darkest moments in the nation’s history,” wrote the Board, adding that former President Donald Trump’s “unheard-of refusal to accept his electoral defeat, nor his incitement of his followers to assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn that defeat” has led to a “lasting danger” and “contempt for electoral democracy that the episode has exposed on America’s political right.”
The events of that day speak volumes on the right’s abhorrence of liberal democracy, the Board said.
“It was exposed by the 147 Republican members of Congress (led by Missouri’s own Sen. Josh Hawley) who, having just witnessed firsthand the violence that Trump’s big vote-fraud lie had visited upon the seat of government, further promoted that lie, voting to overturn a valid election based on nothing but their supporters’ disdain for the outcome. It was exposed in most congressional Republicans’ failure to hold Trump accountable for what was arguably the most impeachable thing any sitting president has ever done. It was exposed in the GOP’s refusal to allow a full investigation of the insurrection, for fear it would reflect badly on their party,” the Board stated.
“For months, this contempt for electoral democracy has been exposed in the more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures that have passed laws designed to make voting more difficult for minorities, urban dwellers, the poor and others they fear will vote for Democrats. And it was exposed again last month, when Senate Republicans didn’t merely oppose an effort to protect voting rights via federal law but refused to even let that effort be debated on the floor,” the Board added. “Plenty of words come to mind to describe these actions by one of America’s two major political parties. ‘Patriotic’ is nowhere among them.”