Democracy depends upon truth, trust, the rule of law, and the consistent adherence to ethical values. Democracy depends upon a commitment to justice.

Our health and safety depend upon care and concern. Our position as the leader of the free world depends upon our sympathy and empathy for all human beings everywhere, regardless of nationality, race, or gender.

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and William Barr represent the polar opposite of all the values listed in the paragraphs above. They lie, cheat, and steal from the American people.

Instead of being the leader of the free world, we have become a laughing stock. We have betrayed our friends and comforted our enemies.

The U.S. has 4.25% of the world’s population and we consistently clock about a quarter of the world’s deaths from COVID – 19. For example, we have about a hundred times the death rate of South Korea. And fifty times that of Canada.

The Republicans have supported Donald Trump every step of the way as he ripped families apart, attacked affordable healthcare and pre-existing condition coverage, lavished welfare on his greedy friends while more children go to bed hungry tonight than at any time in modern American history, filled the swamp of his administration with grifters, con artists, and felons, destroyed our standing in the international order, extorted a foreign power to help him win the upcoming election, worked on a daily basis to rig that election, fomented hate and division on an almost hourly basis, destroyed any semblance of ethics, honesty, and decency in our government, ignored the rule of law, and lied, cheated, and pilfered his way to fortune and fame.

He has called the military men and women who sacrifice for us and protect us “suckers” and “losers.”

He and his enablers are personally responsible for most of the absolutely unnecessary deaths from the pandemic and the resulting devastation of the economy, which will worsen exponentially as the results of his incompetence and cold-heartedness rip their way through us in the coming months.

Most recently he has made racist slurs about Democrats of color, suggested violence against anyone who disagrees with him, and said that COVID – 19 “affects virtually nobody.”

As powerful as Trump and his immoral, autocratic cohorts are, they could not survive without Republican support from every level of our national, state, and local governments and without the help of the people who vote for them.

Please, for the love of America, don’t enable Donald Trump – vote for the Biden-Harris team and against Trump’s Republican enablers.

I’m just a puzzled puppy, but I think it’s time to begin to fix this tragic mess.

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