From Our ReadersIssue Date: January 13, 2021
On January 6, 2021, a rabid mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, the sacred site where our representatives meet to make America a more perfect union. Invited by Trump who promised a "wild" time, they were instructed by him, his attorney, and his son to be "strong" in rushing the capitol. The marauders, draped in American flags, Trump swag, combat gear, even KKK and Nazi-themed T-shirts, enthusiastically indulged their delusional leader. Many carried Confederate flags, zip-ties, and implements they would use as battering rams. They also brought a scaffold to hang the Vice-President and Speaker of the House.
So here's my question: Did you support this violent effort to overthrow our government? Do you continue to rationalize away this sedition?
These extremists call themselves patriots. They say they "own" the Capitol and are protesting for their "rights". Really? They struggle to identify exactly what other than losing an election they are so upset about. Biden will take away their guns? Time to put that decades-old nonsense to bed. I'm a life-long sportsman. If I thought Democrats were going to take away my hunting rifles, I wouldn't be one. The only time I recall this was even remotely possible was in 2008 when Democrats controlled all three branches of government. And instead of taking away your guns, they saved the country from Great Depression II and gave you health care.
And please stop with how aggrieved you are. Want a legitimate grievance? Talk to minorities. I support the police, heck, I was an Air Force police officer. But anyone paying attention knows there's a different kind of justice for people of color in this country. Look at how the rioters were treated last week as opposed to the BLM protestors removed from Lafayette Square so Trump could stage his upside-down Bible photo op. Don't you realize you're being scammed, that this mindset of victimhood is fostered and facilitated by politicians using it to whip up outrage for profit and power?
Which brings me to Jeff Mursau, my assembly representative. Though Mursau has never been a profile in courage, I voted for him in November and persuaded my wife to do the same. Never again. When he signed that letter demanding nullification of our election in Wisconsin, he crossed the line from political cowardice to sedition. He cited as justification many passionate calls from constituents. Really? So if his constituents demand he support laws passing out crystal meth in voucher schools and stocking pornography in prison libraries, he would do that?
Mursau is usually on both sides of issues and gets away with telling people what they want to hear. What he doesn't do is LEAD, which is why I cannot understand him sticking his neck out to sign on to a case brought in conjunction with the Wisconsin Voters Alliance against Pence, Congress and the Electoral College alleging a "cabal" of public-private partnerships broke the law to prevent Trump from winning and allowing state legislatures to approve the certification of elections.
Why would he hire a lawyer to file a lawsuit so frivolous a judge threatened to sanction the attorney? Didn't he realize that if he prevailed his election would be overturned too? And if the election was really rigged, why not send the Republican majority that doesn't bother to meet but rules this state with an iron fist packing too?
I have a suggestion for those who continue to swallow the lies Trump and rightwing media have told you. (Here's looking at you, Country Cousin). Put American first. Change the channel. Engage in conversation outside your silo. We need you to help us to heal this country.
To the Editor:
There was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 November election. To quote the 2012 Republican candidate for President and the Current U.S. Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney:
"The objectors have claimed they are doing so on behalf of the voters. Have an audit, they say, to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen. Please! No Congressional Jed audit will ever convince those voters, particularly when the President will continue to claim that the election was stolen. The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth. That is the burden, and the duty, of leadership. The truth is that President-elect Biden won this election. President Trump lost. Scores of courts, the President's own Attorney General, and state election officials both Republican and Democrat have reached this unequivocal decision."
Republican Candidates for the Special Election in the 89th Assembly District are furthering this mythology with a call for election "integrity" reform, suggesting that there was something nefarious that went on in the election in Wisconsin. Was there widespread fraud in Marinette, Oconto, and Brown Counties that overwhelmingly voted for Donald J. Trump? No, there was not, and there wasn't in those counties that overwhelming voted for Joe Biden either.
We saw what happens in Washington D.C. when leaders who promote lies and throw unsubstantiated doubts on our election process are given a public platform to spew this vial demagoguery: riot, insurrection, and death. It's time to put an end to this malicious rhetoric now and relegate it to the corner of the public square usually reserved for discussion of alien abductions. Election fraud didn't happen.
Our democracy depends on an informed electorate, but not one informed by wacko conspiracy theories on the internet and personality cult leaders. We can start restoring balance to our political discourse by rejecting any candidate running in the 89th Assembly District's Special Election that promotes this antidemocratic agenda of lying about our elections for personal promotion.
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