The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. But the 50-year Republican campaign to suppress that right not only threatens our very democracy but also puts everything we’ve fought for at risk while also limiting any chance we have to make life better for working Americans.
So why this website?
A lot of websites and blogs cover and/or comment on political and economic news. Some even cover the real issues facing America. Among them: the unprecedented influence of big money in elections; a system rigged by big banks; vast income inequality; gun violence; anti-immigrant bigotry; inadequate infrastructure investment; attacks on health care; the continuing attack on women’s rights; and the Republican Party’s denial of climate change.
- Very few web sites or blogs keep the public informed about the one fundamental issue of our time and make the CONNECTION to the issues we care about: The GOP’s 50-year assault on voting rights. It’s an assault that the likes of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and the Koch brothers have totally embraced. By supporting unprecedented voter ID laws, reducing voting hours and locations, and falsely claiming voter fraud, they are denying Americans, particularly minorities and the poor, their Constitutional right to vote.
- For all of these reasons we have become A NATION AT RISK, less and less able to resolve the issues identified above. But no web sites or blogs that we know of link these issues and their causes AND tell you how to fight back, how to restore democracy in America! That’s why we created this web site.Our contributors, who are knowledgeable in economics, climate change, and state and local politics and other fields, will provide critical insights and information. But if we are going to preserve the vision and promise of America, along with all we’ve built over two centuries, we absolutely need you to get involved – and to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It all starts with protecting and expanding VOTING RIGHTS. Can we count on you? You can start today by clicking here.
WHEN JEFFERSON, FRANKLIN, WASHINGTON, Adams, Madison & Co. came together more than two centuries ago, they built the world’s first constitutional republic on a foundation of democracy and basic human freedoms. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, they called it. But today, because of gridlock in Washington, because of economic policies that threaten the Middle Class, and most critically because of organized Republican attacks on voting rights that threaten our very democracy WE ARE A NATION AT RISK!
Indeed, Tea Party Republicans and their friends in the media are working overtime to suppress voting rights in a majority of states, and as a result everything we’ve fought for and won is at risk. Here’s what we’re talking about:
- Our right to vote is diluted by the ability of wealthy individuals to make essentially unlimited donations in support of candidates of their choosing, creating an economic oligarchy to rule America.
- Our ability to right the ship is in danger because the right to vote is being undermined by Republican voter-suppression campaigns.
- Obstructionist Tea Party Republicans gridlock our federal government, repeatedly threatening to shut it down and preventing progress on all fronts and even threatening the rights we have already won.
- Thirty years of stagnant wages threatens the very existence of our Middle Class even while the top 1% continues to get richer. In short, Jefferson’s democracy is perilously close to giving way to economic oligarchy.
- The increasing power of big banks, big business, and the super wealthy creates an oligarchy that effectively runs the nation and controls Congress. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren says, “The system is rigged” against working families.
- Women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies is continually under attack.
- Science is demonized and climate change is denied.
- Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) are bitterly attacked and threatened with cuts and even repeal.
- Immigrants are demeaned and constantly turned away. walls are erected to stop them from entering the country (one GOP presidential candidate even suggested building a wall along our border with Canada!).
- Innocent children and adults of all ages are massacred every month or two because we lack the will to fight for gun control and to stop the madness.
- A rural, relatively egalitarian nation of small farmers and small business has super-sized into a world of big business, big wealth, and megacities, requiring not less but more governmental protection from the rapacious side of capitalism.
- A college education (as necessary as a high school education 50 years ago) is becoming prohibitively expensive for Middle Class students, and a debt trap for students who are able to get loans. The result is a loss of opportunity and advancement for individuals and threat to our competitiveness as a nation.
A History of Progress
Of course, we weren’t perfect in Thomas Jefferson’s time, nor are we now, but for more than 200 years the United States of America has been a story of progress. Often that progress has been painfully slow, as with civil rights and women’s rights, but over time American voters have proven that eventually they will choose the right path. Indeed, as Churchill said: “The Americans will always do the right thing … after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” And here’s some proof that Churchill was right:
- Four score and seven years after Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln declared that our country had been “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” and because of it he ended the scourge of slavery that our Constitution left intact.
- A century and a half later, Franklin Roosevelt brought us through The Great Depression, creating jobs and a social safety net that included Social Security – and in so doing he introduced the concept of shared prosperity, forever transforming our nation. A decade later, he again saved America – and much of the rest of the world – this time from Hitler’s Third Reich and Japanese imperialism. In so doing, he created an American economic juggernaut that in turn created our Middle Class and made America the world’s only “indispensible country.”
- In 1965, Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare and Medicaid through the Congress, giving the elderly and the poor desperately needed health insurance and further solidifying the notion of shared prosperity.
- Then in the 21st Century, Barack Obama finally achieved what Teddy Roosevelt had proposed in 1912 – and no one else could deliver: Near-universal health care.
THE GENIUS OF AMERICA is that we have been able to continually reinvent ourselves. Whether we were expanding civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, or shared prosperity, progress has been possible because we have been free to elect representatives who enact laws to further those rights. Indeed, our history is one of enabling more and more people to “get out and vote.” Sadly, today, that is no longer the case. Yes, we still can save everything Americans have built over two centuries … but only if more and more people realize what’s happening to our country and decide to stand up to protect the vision and promise of America. Will you stand with us?