Letter: Midterm vote key to upholding democracy

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

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To the Editor:

Another day, another total disregard for facts and truth. Welcome to American disinformation. While the GOP focuses on spinning lies for personal and political gain, the American public is losing their ability to distinguish fact from fiction.

Policy makers throw out catchphrases like “pro-life” and “smaller government,” while actively working against our most vulnerable groups, legislating against reproductive rights, working to limit the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, removing protections for those seeking asylum, promoting unrestricted gun use and possession, and defunding Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and affordable healthcare.

At the same time, despite a bipartisan Jan. 6 Committee presenting sworn testimony from GOP leaders and former Trump administration officials, MAGAs are desperately trying to spin the mounting evidence of a calculated, seditious insurrection with their old and tired cry of “witch hunt.” Apparently, they don’t care about democracy if the price of gas is more than $4 a gallon. They’ll storm the streets if forced to wear a mask but enact laws forcing a 10-year-old rape victim to bear her abuser’s baby. And while children are repeatedly slaughtered in their schools, they’ll proudly sling an AR-15 over their shoulder to make their weekly Walmart run.

Fortunately, we have strong leadership here in CT. Our Democratic Governor invests in education, healthcare, and childcare, and has signed a first-in-the-nation law protecting medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in CT— all while growing our surpluses and paying down pension funds. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is a widely respected national leader, playing an instrumental role in the recent passing of the rare bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence.

As the midterms approach, don’t fall prey to the propaganda and disinformation campaign of the right. Remember, our votes have power. Our ability to continue putting strong Democratic leaders at the helm of government may well be the only thing that preserves the foundations of our democracy.

Amanda Kilmartin