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Reader's View: There's no centrist response to democracy's overthrow – Duluth News Tribune

Republicans may seem to reject science and history, but their leadership understands math and knows that the numbers and majority-rule democracy are not on their side. So it only makes sense that Republicans are now apparently doing their best to undermine our democracy.
In the past 33 years, Democrats have won the popular vote in seven out of eight presidential elections, but the antiquated and undemocratic Electoral College has served as one of many obstacles to majority rule. The violent attempt to prevent the certification of ballots on Jan. 6 failed, but the slow-motion coup attempt is ongoing. For now, Republicans seem to be attempting a bloodless, legalistic coup by suppressing the vote, gerrymandering, and undermining faith in previous elections to rob Americans of their constitutional right to choose their representatives. Such an undoing of democracy from within has been accomplished elsewhere and may be well on its way to happening here.
Moderates and centrists must realize there is no centrist response to the overthrow of our democracy. You’re either for it or against it. There is no middle ground. Which side are you on?
David A. Sorensen
Duluth



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Letters are limited to 300 words, must be the original work of the author and must be exclusive to the News Tribune. Letters are edited for style, space, accuracy and civility.
Letter writers are limited to one published submission every 30 days.
With rare exceptions, the News Tribune does not publish poetry; letters that are anonymous, libelous or attack other writers; consumer-complaint letters; thank-you letters; or letters generated by political or special-interest campaigns.
We will consider exclusive Local View columns of 600 words or fewer. Authors should possess unique insights, and their commentaries should demonstrate greater knowledge of their subject than letters.
Email submissions to: [email protected]
Mail to: Readers’ Views, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.
Fax to: 218-720-5120.
Include a full name, address and daytime phone number. Only names and hometowns will be published.

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