On the ballot in Virginia on Tuesday: Fascism v. Democracy



1) Max Boot, “Sorry, Glenn Youngkin. Trump is the biggest issue in Virginia — and in every other state,” Washington Post, October 31, 2021 (1:41 p.m. EDT).

2) “Will America elect a fascist President?”The Trenchant Observer, November 2, 2021.

Last week Max Boot called for the investigation of Donald Trump’s crimes by Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice. Today he points out in his opinion column in the Washington Post that the only issue on the ballot in Virginia on Tuesday is whether to uphold democracy, or to vote for a blimd loyalist of Donald Trump, who is leading the Republican anti-democratic movement to overthrow the last election and to rig the next one.

One thing has become clear about all Republicans in Washington, with only a few exceptions: They do not deal with others, including the electorate, in good faith. The one thing you can count on them to do is to lie, and to act in bad faith.

In other words, the vote is not on the wedge issues of “critical race theory”—a hardly-disguised dog whistle making an openly racist appeal for support–or the supposed “right” of parents to control what books their children read in school,.  Rather, the vote is on the fundamental issue of whether we are going to uphold our fragile democracy in America, or rather choose the fascist candidate who supports The Big Lie and Trump’s other lies, and who can be counted on to support the efforts of Donald Trump and his allies to overthrow the Constitution of this country if necessary to seize and maintain themselves power.

Relatively few pundits have had the courage to speak so clearly and so forthrightly as Max Boot. Those who have spoken out are among the best journalists in the country.

They must continue to speak out, and to counter Trump’s mass propaganda to do so again and again, and again.

Boot is absolutely correct, and has his finger on the what will be the most important political issue in the United States for at least the next three years.

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