Reader Opinion: Standing for democracy

American democracy is damaged, but not broken, and we are capable of healing.


“Wisdom,” it is said, “is fairer than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars. Compared to light, she is found more radiant.” And “though night supplants light, wickedness does not prevail over Wisdom.”

America’s Wisdom, the grand independence of our people as sovereign, the sole depository of the American Revolution’s power, is our national voice expressed through our “casting of the ballot,” the golden arrow in the quiver of American liberty, remains intact despite intensive attacks from, sadly, within ourselves

We are damaged, but not broken, and we are capable of healing, as we have before over the past century: Attacked by surprise in WWII, shaken by the demagoguery of McCarthyism in the 1950s, divided by untruths told to us about Vietnam, inflamed by racial injustices visible in the 1960s and ongoing, lies told to us about the pandemic killing us. Today is our time to bind democracy together again and to defend it against further virulent, anti-democratic attacks, the scurrilous work of authoritarians seeding, feeding and spreading wild imaginings with only one cataclysmic, ultimate purpose: Destruction of our independence, loss of our liberty and the shattering decimation of American democracy.

We have this healing opportunity because of the wisdom and commitment, across America, of state and local election judges, workers and elected officials, state and federal judges, defense attorneys and those attorneys who ethically declined to aid and abet repetitively frivolous attacks on our most treasured symbol and historically defining institution: America’s voice as sovereign unleashing that golden arrow in the quiver of American democracy on Nov. 3, 2020.

American democracy owes an immense debt of gratitude to these Americans, often subjected to frightful, dastardly personal attacks, and among these tireless proponents of America a special debt is owed to those Republicans who stood firm for democracy.


John Erickson


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