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Democracy at stake in upcoming elections

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has slipped, but if all voters understood what’s been going on in this country – that the vast majority of Republicans (1.) promote or play along with Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen, (2.) pretend that he was not the principal instigator of the Jan. 6 insurrection, (3.) ignore that he didn’t illegally try and isn’t continuing to try to reinstate himself as president, (4.) have no policy proposals other than to obstruct and derail the administration’s agenda, and (5.) are engaged in a concerted effort to warp the electoral process in such a manner that Republicans will control the government even if a majority of voters don’t want them to – Biden’s approval rating vis-a-vis Trump or a Trump surrogate would be far higher.

Biden and all defenders of democracy must get it across to the public that the upcoming elections will not be a contest between candidates who are traditional Democrats and traditional Republicans, but between candidates who want to preserve American democracy and ones who want to convert our form of government to one-party authoritarian rule.

Edward B. Packard Jr.