I haven't voted for a single Republican since 2016, and I have voted in basically every election (local, state, national) since 2018. I was wrong about the Republican Party in 2016 - I thought they'd use Trump and dump him when he became politically damaging (and go with a safer puppet in Pence), but despite losing election after election, they still haven't done that. And with the rise of politicians like MTG and Kari Lake and the conversion of guys like Ted Cruz from "mostly annoying" to "very dangerous", I agree that it doesn't make sense to vote for any Republicans.
That being said, I think it's alarmist to think that the Republicans can eliminate democracy. First, we already survived four years of Trump. Trump definitely tried to overthrow democracy, but he didn't succeed and didn't get all that close to succeeding. There's a subset of people that believe the election was stolen, but outside of January 6 (which wasn't nearly as violent as it could've been), no one believes it enough to do much about it. Second, I think a lot of the people that believe 2020 was "stolen" aren't really talking about switching votes or the dead voting or anything like that. They're talking about Covid-specific policies that may or may not have been unconstitutional that led to increased turnout for Democrats. I think the majority of people that don't consider 2020 to be legit (and hopefully this is crystal clear but that's *not me*) think Biden got the votes but that some of the votes should've been thrown out because certain states expanded voting rights too much (and they believe illegally). That it's more procedural issues than actual fraud. Which is why they're more annoyed than angry. They'll tweet about it but won't protest it.
Think about the alternative. If Trump did get Georgia to find him enough votes to win or if the Cyber Ninjas found a way for Trump to win Arizona and Pennsylvania flipped somehow...there would be nonstop protests and civil unrest. It would've been chaos.
I do think Trump would try crazy things to stay in power, but I don't think anywhere near the majority of the country would support that. I worry more that Trump would destabilize the world than destabilize democracy.
And as I've been saying, neither side can get any legislation passed. Even if the Republicans got a filibuster-proof number of senators (or got rid of the filibuster), I think they don't really know what they want to do with it. They couldn't overturn Obamacare. They couldn't even figure out what they wanted to do with Healthcare. They've done a ton of damage in terms of abortion, but even then, they can't really agree on what they want to do with it. Several very-red states have struggled to pass full abortion bans, and some of the abortion bans they have passed have backfired on them electorally.
The Republican Party is bad, and I cannot support them until they cleanse themselves of this nonsense. I fear what they can do with power. But look at my state of Texas - they just overwhelmingly voted to impeach our super corrupt (and super MAGA) attorney general. Maybe he'll survive a trial (his wife is one of the state senators who will vote on his removal), but it shows that, even at the state level in a state like Texas, they don't bend to the will of Trump on everything. Trump was against it, and a vast majority of republicans still voted against it. Cruz was against it. MTG was against it. They did it anyway.
I think the tide is starting to turn, but we still need to stay vigilant. And I think we need to keep an even keel.
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