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Charlottesville Daily Progress
Americans celebrated their declaration of independence on Monday as a shroud of uncertainty obscured the very principle that gave birth to it. The foundation of our independence in this democratic republic is the right to choose our leaders. This foundation supports everything else, be it domestic politics, national security, international relations or individual freedoms.
If independence constitutes the American base, the right to vote protects it. We owe our freedom to a philosophy of majority rule. Our freedom rests on the mantra of participatory democracy: the best way to ensure the will of the people is to facilitate a system that encourages as many citizens as possible to vote. If we can do that, then win or lose, we accept the outcome.
Right now, American independence is under attack like never before. The crisis stems from former President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election nearly two years ago.
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More than 60 court cases have dismissed Trump’s big lie that he lost the election due to widespread voter fraud. Trump-appointed Attorney General Bill Barr oversaw FBI investigations that did not show enough voter fraud to change the 2020 presidential outcome. Barr called Trump’s allegations BS and said so. to the president.
Trump named Jeffrey Rosen acting attorney general when Barr resigned. Rosen investigated Trump’s long list of false conspiracy theories and told the president they weren’t true. Trump tried to replace Rosen for refusing to participate in the president’s criminal scheme to get lawmakers in swing states he lost to nominate new voters who would vote for Trump instead of Biden.
Trump then went directly to state lawmakers asking them to call special sessions to appoint alternate voters to thwart the will of the people in swing states. Some have tried. Others refused.
The President of the United States has sunk so low that nearly two months after Election Day he personally called the head of the Georgia Elections Office and asked him to ‘find’ more than 11,000 votes that could be cast for Trump so he can overtake Democrat Joe Biden. and win the state. This call has betrayed American independence so completely and corruptly that it merits criminal prosecution.
Finally, Trump invited an armed mob to Washington on January 6, 2021, drove them crazy by telling them the big lie, and sent them to the Capitol to overturn the Electoral College vote. Trump stirred up the crowd with another lie – that Vice President Mike Pence had the legal authority to nullify those votes.
Although hundreds of Trump supporters assaulted police and broke into the Capitol, some chanting “Hang Mike Pence”, Trump’s coup attempt failed. But the threat to American independence remains as serious on July 4 as it has been at any time since World War II.
New voting restrictions based on the Big Lie have appeared in the legal codes of many Republican-run states. Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin fueled the Big Lie calling for an audit of the state’s voting machines during his 2021 campaign. Youngkin got his wish. The risk mitigation audit determined that the probability of Virginia’s electoral system producing an inaccurate result was 0.00000065117%.
Despite overwhelming evidence that there was no fraud, Trump allies continue to undermine confidence in the country’s electoral process. Despite the deadly attack on the Capitol, 147 Republicans in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted not to certify the legitimate and legally proven 2020 election results. Among them was Rep. Bob Good, who represents the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Other Virginia congressmen who voted against American democracy were Rep. Rob Wittman, Rep. Morgan Griffith, and Rep. Ben Cline.
None of these men, or any other candidate for elected office from any party at any level of government, deserves our votes until they renounce Trump’s big lie about voter fraud.
Until we the people restore respect for majority rule and the rule of law, nothing is self-evident in America’s declaration of independence.