July 25, 2021

Don’t give up your right to vote

Three dates we should never forget: Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021. Why are these dates important? What do they have in common? Our democracy was attacked by terrorists on these dates. On Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, Americans rallied and spoke up to defend our democracy. However, right after the attack on our democracy Jan. 6, 2021, 147 republicans in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate voted against our democracy in favor of the terrorists who attacked our U.S. Capital. Since that tragic day, Republican state governors and Republican state legislatures across the U.S. continue their attack on our democracy by passing laws that are not unlike what dictators do in other countries. If you have nothing to offer voters, then you pass laws to prevent or at least make it harder to vote for those who may not vote for you. That’s what the Republicans in Iowa and across the nation are doing by passing these repressive voting laws.

Those of us who care about our democracy need to speak up and vote or else we could lose our democracy. The Republican governors and legislatures across the U.S. are attempting to do what Trump’s terrorists failed to do Jan. 6, 2021, which is overturn our democracy. And, with very few exceptions, the Republicans in Washington D.C. do not want a bi-partisan commission to investigate Jan. 6, 2021. In any other workplace, they would be removed for not doing their job.

Max L. Tipton

Newton