July 15, 2021
Republicans are once again exercising their Second Amendment right to shoot themselves in the foot. By denying the threat of COVID-19 and disputing the efficacy of vaccines, they encourage their supporters to put themselves at high risk of infection and death, thereby reducing their own base of support for the 2022 and 2024 elections.
Seems like a stupid, self-defeating strategy to me, but then Republicans are the masters of denialism and obstructionism (even, apparently, when they themselves are the casualties of that approach).
First, they spend decades denying the threat of climate change, putting millions at risk globally. Then they deny COVID, and over 607,000 Americans die. Next, they deny that Trump lost the 2020 election, and still more people die.
They are the party of denial, destruction and death. As an American, as a voter, I am looking for a party that has the courage and vision to address the problems that face us and to seek viable, long-term, life-affirming solutions.
Those are American values, and that is why I vote for Democrats.
(This letter was published in The Arizona Republic on July 15, 2021.)