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Democracy on the ballot this election


This year, democracy is on the ballot.
I am a registered Democrat, and, for half a century, mostly voted for candidates from the party. My practice always was to consider all candidates and their qualifications. From time to time, I cast my ballot for Republicans who reflected my values and interests.
Not this time. The proud Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, has come under the thrall of an authoritarian, who, clearly, is prepared to toss our Constitution into the dust bin. The U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol is uncovering how eager Donald Trump’s followers were to frustrate the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our nation’s history.

Trump’s behavior was, and still is abhorrent. Yet, no less shocking is the failure of Republicans, such as Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, to stand up to his lies and corruption. I am voting straight Democratic to honor my late father who piloted a B-17 bomber during World War II in the struggle against Nazi fascism in Europe.
If you cherish our democracy, so will you.
Martin J. Raffel, Langhorne