No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. So, Democrats have reason to feel a little optimistic as a number of prominent Ohio Republicans have begun organizing to defeat President Trump. In fact, more and more Republicans from Arizona to North Carolina to Florida are ready to dump Trump.
Still, we cannot relax for one minute. Trump will not go quietly into the night. He and his enablers are using every conceivable ploy to preserve his hold on the presidency. Nothing is beneath this con artist. Just last week Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor whom the president recently appointed to that position, issued a sweeping overhaul of the USPS aimed at sabotaging efforts to carry out critical mail-in-voting in November’s election.
On top of that, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have filed a number of lawsuits contesting the expansion of mail-in-voting and seeking to limit access to the polls in November. In addition, Senate Republicans, backed by Trump, are refusing to provide any funding to support and secure the election despite the major challenges to voting presented by the pandemic, as well as substantial reports that Russia is again meddling in our elections. Trump and the Republicans’ failure to fund election protection clearly reflects their belief that this will boost Republicans’ chances in November.
In effect, Trump and the Republican Party are waging a war against democracy and our right to vote. Among other tactics, the RNC is hiring 50,000 foot soldiers/poll observers to harass and intimidate voters, particularly minorities, in key precincts around the country on Election Day.
Fortunately, a number of progressive social action groups are fighting back. The Daily Kos, for example, has a plan to arm millions of grassroots activists with the facts they need to spread the truth about voting by mail. Among other things, it is also recruiting thousands of volunteers to help people vote. See https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/11/1968468/-Vital-Information-About-Voter-Registration-and-Suggestions-for-Getting-Out-the-Vote.
Here are some other organizations working to protect our voting rights that would welcome your help:
- The Action Network (https://actionnetwork.org/)
- Let America Vote (https://letamericavote.org/)
- Protect Our Election (https://www.protectourelection.com/)
- Vote Save America (https://votesaveamerica.com/)
- Voter Protection Corps (https://www.voter-protection.org/)
- Fair Fight (https://fairfight.com)
I urge you to get involved. Join the fight to protect the election and save our democracy before it’s too late. The stakes are too high to sit this one out.
A retired, public sector ethics attorney, Berlin is the author of Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America (See breakingbigmoneysgrip.com.), the founder of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics, a former U.S. Institute of Peace fellow, and the founder and former executive director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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