I write out of a growing sense of concern I have over the direction taken by a significant number of my countrymen and women I feel is pushing us further away from democracy and closer to an apparently preferred conservative dictatorship.
After the defeat of the disgraced former president I believed for a moment that the country would recover from an abysmal four year run and get back on track. Instead, we’ve seen a frightening number of Americans embrace the conservative agenda and evince an interest in a violent overthrow of the government, with police and military leaders openly abandoning their oaths to condemn the current administration and conservatives labeling the Jan. 6 assault on Democracy a “rally.”
With an at-home propaganda network pumping out a steady stream of lies and disinformation to a segment of the population apparently dumb and willing enough to accept them as fact – and with a selected group of Republican candidates grooming themselves or being groomed for future political runs, I look around in constant fear I’m alone in seeing the threat.
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