Larry Winefield: Get involved, stop GOP extremists from taking our freedom | Letters
The Thursday Sun article by Representative Anita Burroughs was perfect. However, she gently sidesteps Governor SuNONO. The restrictive reproductive rights anti-choice legislation he enacted requiring an ultrasound before a woman can have an abortion is an invasion of a woman’s right to make her own health care choices.
Perhaps he did not know that this type of procedure is highly invasive and has no value in determining a woman’s decision to proceed. He “talks” about reviewing the legislation, but so far he has only spoken. Or maybe he is busy planning his candidacy for the Senate.
What’s also troubling is the way Republicans statewide are turning to the tactics of right-wing extremists at the federal level as well as red states like Florida and Texas.
Make no mistake, these extremists have only one goal: to co-opt democracy to satisfy their need for power. Right-wing factions have no plans to tackle climate change, or to ensure healthcare is accessible to all, or to help provide parental leave.
Rather, with funding from Koch and Peter Theil (founder of PayPal) and other extremists (including locals) are funding local elections to help stack city councils and school boards and state houses. State by state, they pass legislation to deny the right to vote to those who oppose it and support secretaries of state who can overturn the will of the public due to non-existent electoral fraud.
The extremists who would like to deprive us of our freedom are well organized. Everyone must get involved to counter this attempt to overturn our democratic way of life.
Know your candidates for public office at the local and state level. Be aware that the school committee meeting attendee who refused to cover up is a failed Republican candidate for State House who is running again. Or that the guy who gives the finger give it to all those who cherish democracy.
If everyone were as concerned about saving our democracy as we are about saving a tree, we wouldn’t be about to lose our democracy. We should all want to be ruled, not ruled. We are the last best chance; the last line between democracy and authoritarianism.