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Letter: Tainting elections forevermore

Letter: Tainting elections forevermore

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In my lifetime, I have seen the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. I have seen one president assassinated, and one resign in disgrace. The turmoil of the anti-war protests, and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Through all of that, as a nation, we came out stronger and better. It is sad to see our democracy crumble because of blind allegiance to a political party and a would-be tyrant who cannot accept defeat. Jan. 6 should be a date remembered as much as Pearl Harbor.

Many in the Republican Party just want it to go away and act like it never happened. They can't or won't see it for what it was, an attempt to overthrow a fair election. It was an insurrection or a coup attempt, not a peaceful protest.

Donald Trump and his followers are still propagating the lie that the election was stolen from him. If he runs again and loses, he will claim that election was stolen also. Keep telling a lie big enough and loud enough, and people will start to believe it. Will we ever have an election that will be considered fair and free?

This is the danger we face. If people lose faith in our electoral system, what does that make us? A nation where the courts or state legislatures decide the result, instead of the vote of the people? The great American experiment will be dead after 245 years of democratic elections.

Earl Flittner, Waverly



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