"Last night Democrats saw what happens when they run on the issues. When they run on who they are, instead of running away from it, they win.
"Now Democrats need to take on an issue many would rather avoid: Donald Trump and the future of democracy if he’s re-elected. ....
"We all know the story about Ben Franklin emerging from the Constitutional Convention and telling a woman who asked what type of government they’d created, “a Republic, if you can keep it.” The 2024 election is the moment where we find out if we can. If Trump wins in 2024, we lose the Republic. That’s not drama, and that’s not overstatement. That’s what Trump is promising....
"He is a malignant threat to democracy, and that has to be taken seriously. The singular challenge of the next election will be keeping the Republic in the face of Trump’s plans to take hold of power in a way that suggests he will never relinquish it."
Attorney and activist Joyce Vance details in her Civil Discourse newsletter what Trump has promised, as well as how he, his accomplices, and the Heritage Foundation plan to end our democracy.
INCO URGES YOU TO READ VANCE'S ENTIRE ARTICLEHERE.
PATRIOTISM, IDEALISM -- AND BETRAYAL
Cassidy Hutchinson describes how her beliefs in public service and democracy were challenged as she worked as assistant to Trump's chief of staff. Hutchinson testified at the June 28, 2022 public hearings of the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Larry Diamond and Ruth Ben Ghiat
DEMAGOGUES AND DICTATORS IN OUR MIDST
Acclaimed historian Ruth Ben Ghiat warns us about the "strong men" personalities, violence, and corruption seen in authoritarian regimes. Donald Trump fits the profile. She's in conversation with Larry Diamond, an American political sociologist and scholar in the field of democracy studies.
WARNING: TRUMP IS WANNABE DICTATOR
"In private, the former president [Trump] has told advisers and friends in recent months that he wants the Justice Department to investigate former Trump officials and allies who have become critical of his time in office, according to people who have talked to him and spoke on the condition of anonymityto describe private conversations.Trump has also talked of prosecuting officials at the FBI and Justice Department, a person familiar with the matter said." -Headline and article excerpt, Washington Post, November 9, 2023
"The New York Times reportedon statements made by former president Trump, at political rallies and in interviews, that he intends to take an extremist position on immigration. This would be like his first term, but on steroids: conducting sweeping raids, rounding up the undocumented, detaining them in camps, deporting people by the millions, eliminating due process hearings, ending humanitarian waivers, canceling the visas of foreign students who protested against Israel, restricting legal migration, reinstating the Muslim ban, and refusing asylum claims on grounds migrants allegedly carry infectious diseases. He even plans to end birthright citizenship for children born to undocumented parents.
"If Congress refuses to fund these operations, Trump plans to divert funds from the military budget to accomplish his goals. Leading the charge is white supremacist Stephen Miller, the architect behind Trump’s immigration policies in his first term, including family separation." -- Jay Kuo, Status Kuo newsletter, November 12, 2023
"Trump isn’t hiding his intentions. There is no excuse for minimizing the threat he poses. What’s at stake in the upcoming election is the continuity of America’s precarious experiment in democracy." -- Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner, Steady newsletter, November 12, 2023
"WE CAN WIN AND WIN AND WIN."
Acclaimed political analyst and activist Jessica Craven energized Indivisibles at the COINversation on November 7. She reminded us that "our policies are popular" so we need to lean in to what we support and make sure voters know about Biden's and Democratic accomplishments.
CELEBRATE NOVEMBER 7 DEMOCRATIC VICTORIES
"To every single one of you who wrote postcards, sent letters, volunteered to talk to voters, gave money, or simply reached out to friends and family about these elections THANK YOU. This victory—and the giant refutation of GOP policies it represents—is yours. Celebrate it. Own it. Crow about it!" -- Jessica Craven, Chop Wood, Carry Water, November 8, 2023
"... what is sticking with me most this morning is how much our success is coming from the bottom up, the “Democratic grassroots” (we need a better term - I prefer proud patriots), regular people who’ve decided they are going to do everything they can to ensure that our freedoms and democracy don’t slip away.... In a time of enormous challenge for our country, Americans of every stripe are standing up, answering the call and fighting hard. And we are winning my friends, we are winning and I am so proud to be in this fight with all of you." -- Simon Rosenberg, Hopium newsletter, November 8, 2023
“There are only two kinds of madness one should guard against. One is the belief that we can do everything. The other is the belief that we can do nothing.” — Andre Brink, “A Dry White Season”
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