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The truth really does matter

The truth really does matter

To the Editor:

In our never-ending search for truth, Americans must accept (if nothing else) one predominant lesson from January 6. Identified fittingly by David French in TheDispatch.com, he states simply: “When you tell tens of millions of Americans one political party is trying to steal an election, some Americans will act like a party is stealing an election.”

Despite the total absence of supporting evidence, the Republican grassroots remain unconditionally convinced the 2020 election was stolen and have consequently turned against almost every American institution, including the military.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to recognize that former president No. 45 is still the most influential figure in the GOP and is also (as conservative writer Charles Cooke observes in NationalReview.com) “unmoored from the real world” and that his persistent and insistent declaration that “he’s the real president is deeply corrosive to our democracy.”

We can find some solace in believing the Republican Party suffers from idiotus, an almost incurable disease that causes the brain to shut down and the mouth to keep running. It’s only somewhat comforting because at the end of the day I’m left with the dilemma; how does one borderline burnout with questionable social skills go about causing over 500 nefarious men and women with predatory instincts, in Congress, to change their way of thinking?

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) always places his personal and party’s interest above the nation’s and has vowed, therefore, to block 100 percent of President Biden’s agenda. Passage then, of any bill before a divided Congress and nation that would preempt state legislatures from passing laws enabling them to overturn the will of the people, is simply undoable.

Hundreds of bills being considered in 45 (or more) states, masquerading as “voting integrity” bills, are no more and no less than the Republican Party’s underhanded, spineless and dishonorable attempt to suppress voters.

Former President Bill Clinton stated in Time on June 21: “Republicans have clearly decided to double-down on the Hatfields and McCoys. Now they want to get it where they can win if they lose both the Electoral College and the popular vote by having a Congress that won’t certify the electors.”  Ari Berman echoed similar sentiments in the July/August issue of Mother Jones.

If you believe nothing else, believe this: that a GOP-controlled Congress could overturn election results to install Trump (or a Trump clone) is a very real possibility which would spell the end of American democracy.

I believe, as Albert Einstein believed, “the world is not dangerous because of those who do harm — it’s dangerous because of those who watch and do nothing.” I also believe we should want our lives to be a reminder that truth matters — even though we may not be here to see how history judges us.

We’re facing the decision that all men in all times must face, the eternal choice, to endure oppression or to resist.

David L. Snell  

Franklin

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8 comments

  • The interesting and distressing thing about the above comments is the fact that they support the point Mr. Snell is making, which is that Trumpians are not interested in the truth. 61 failed law suits across our land, Trump's man Bill Barr's declaration of a fair national election, and the fact that Biden is our current president are not ignorable realities to anyone that cares for the tpruth. These people only want their champion to win, and are willing to ignore the requirements of democracy to have that happen.

    posted by Rick Wirth

    Wednesday, 07/07/2021

  • I wanted to join in this conversation but knowing I've been called a deplorable rube and now an idiotus. I shall stand on the sidelines and defer this high level of name-calling to the more intelligent among us!

    posted by Dennis jones

    Monday, 07/05/2021

  • Mr. Snell, I'm not sure if you realize that Bill Clinton is a rapist.

    posted by Nathan Sanders

    Monday, 07/05/2021

  • You sir need to remove yourself from Joe’s basement and from propaganda news media. Arizona will be coming out by the end of the month with their findings. Georgia will begin their audit soon. PA has moving in the same direction with an audit. Follow the states that have been accused of fraud instead of fake media.

    posted by Angela

    Sunday, 07/04/2021

  • You sir need to remove yourself from Joe’s basement and from propaganda news media. Arizona will be coming out by the end of the month with their findings. Georgia will begin their audit soon. PA has moving in the same direction with an audit. Follow the states that have been accused of fraud instead of fake media.

    posted by Angela

    Sunday, 07/04/2021

  • LOL Jist a tad paranoid there aren’t we Mr. Snell. Your political afflictions are showing.

    posted by Gene

    Saturday, 07/03/2021

  • Yup

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Saturday, 07/03/2021

  • "total absence of supporting evidence".

    Good parrot! Want a cracker?

    posted by Paul D Yeager

    Friday, 07/02/2021

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