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An Unamerican Attack on a Fundamental American Freedom

By Logan Byrne, Esq. - September 23, 2020


America has always been a country of strong opinions and stubborn ideologies. Its history is filled with stories of glory, ingenuity, and integrity; however, its history is also filled with tales of inequity, inequality, and ignorance. As an ever-divided nation, America has been forged from the fires of conflict and political discourse, and that discourse is the lifeblood of America.


As Americans, we have the privilege to vote and hold politicians accountable for their actions. Through voting, we assert our beliefs and chart the nation’s political course. Voting is the bedrock of our democracy and should be cherished and protected. As such, it is fundamentally unamerican to discourage voting or to dismiss the results of an election.


Donald J. Trump has actively sowed seeds of distrust in America’s upcoming election. Seeing a drop in the polls due to divisive language and poor leadership, Trump has actively attacked voting, the foundation of our nation. Between false claims that mail-in voting will rig the election and a refusal to state whether he will accept the election results, Trump has attacked the most fundamentally American privilege: voting.[1]


Moreover, Trump has made it clear that he intends to stay in office for more than two terms. He egregiously rallied around the phrase “12 more years” and recently insisted that he was entitled to a third term in office.[2] Through these actions, Trump has demonstrated that he is neither Democrat nor Republican. He is his own breed of unamerican.


In November, America will vote in one of the most divisive elections in the country’s history. Through conflict and political discourse, we will forge the legacy of our nation. Though almost certainly painful for many, the nation will find unity in conflict and hold politicians accountable for the outcome of the election. After all, Americans are stubborn and opinionated, we would rather die free than live without representation. In the eternal words of John Adams, “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”[3]


Footnotes:


[1] Mike Baker, The Facts About Mail-In Voting and Voter Fraud, The New York Times (Aug. 26, 2020), https://www.nytimes.com/article/mail-in-vote-fraud-ballot.html; Sanya Mansoor, ‘I Have to See.’ President Trump Refuses to Say If He Will Accept the 2020 Election Results, Time USA (Jul. 19, 2020), https://time.com/5868739/trump-election-results-chris-wallace/.


[2] Aaron Rupar, “12 more years!” Trump’s opening speech got the 2020 RNC off to a dark start, Vox (Aug. 24, 2020) https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/%e2%80%9c12-more-years%e2%80%9d-trumps-opening-speech-got-the-2020-rnc-off-to-a-dark-start/ar-BB18ky1B; Connor Perrett, Trump suggests he would ‘negotiate’ a 3rd term as president because he is ‘probably entitled’ to it, Business Insider (Sep. 13, 2020), https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-suggests-he-would-negotiate-a-third-term-as-president-because-he-is-probably-entitled-to-it/ar-BB18ZswI.


[3] John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams (Jul. 7, 1775).





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