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Democracy teetering on the abyss – Farmerville Gazette

October 15, 2021
We are standing on the edge of a precipice staring into the deep abyss and we are gingerly balancing on the rocky ground under our feet. The outcome of a fall into the deep rock canyon is the end of America as we know it today with the adoption of socialism and the slide into communism. Amazingly, the Democratic party, the party of the Klan in the 1920s and the party opposing social justice for minorities during that same time period has now become the poster child for the oppressed; or at least that is their ploy to divide America. Just as amazing as the morality change for political benefit has been, it is just as amazing that two Democrats are the keys to keeping our republic intact.
Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the future in their hands. One is considered a maverick just as her home state predecessor, John McCain, had been thought of. The other is a strong man of high moral value from the hard-working God-fearing rural state of West Virginia. As much as their common resolve to maintain America as a free and just nation, their personal lives could not be further apart.
Senator Sinema arrived on Capital Hill like a breath of fresh air. She stripped the stoic persona of Washington in much the same way as Reese Witherspoon’s character in “Legally Blonde.” She was born in Tucson, Arizona and, following her parents divorce, she and her mother moved to Florida. Her stepfather fell on bad financial times, lost the home and the family moved into a deserted gas station. She had no running water for two years and life was not easy but she still persevered. At 16 she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. At 18 she obtained her bachelor’s degree from BYU. She would later earn a master’s degree from Arizona State University in Social Work while she worked as a social worker. Later she received her law degree. She worked as a criminal lawyer before receiving her PHD in justice studies. Quite an accomplishment for a person that puts the good of the nation ahead of the desires of a political party.
Half a country away, Joe Manchin was born and raised in West Virginia. Unlike the preppy Sinema, Manchin is the epitome of that raw boned individual that carved a nation out of a wilderness. He is much like the characters epitomized by John Wayne. Like Wayne, he went to college on a football scholarship and like Wayne his college career was cut short by an injury. After graduation, he went home to a family that had immigrants from Italy on his father’s side and Czechoslovakia on his mother’s side. Over several years he became a successful businessman and began climbing the political ladder. Manchin was elected Secretary of State of West Virginia and was later elected governor before becoming a United States Senator. He is considered the most conservative Democrat in Washington and is famous for his bipartisanship approach to Washington. While West Virginia generally votes for a Republican president, the state has widely voted for Manchin. He is the only Democrat in a statewide elected office yet enjoys a 75 percent approval rating. Senator Manchin looks to the good of a nation instead of a political party. He voted against Obama’s energy bills while voting with Republicans for abortion legislation and gun control but voted with his party when Obamacare came under attack and when the Trump tax cuts were introduced.
Two people of different genders, backgrounds and personal ideologies are the key to keeping America a free and independent country. If both succumb to the immense pressure that is being placed on them today to pass a gigantic paralyzing government expenditure bill, America will cease to be a beacon of Democracy. Instead, America will slowly become the largest banana republic in the world.
God Bless America.
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