PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — It’s About Democracy

It is intellectually dishonest to say that the indictment of former President Donald Trump that happened Thursday was unfair without reading the indictment itself.  And anyone, upon reading it, who is not deeply disturbed by the allegations to subvert our democracy and actively work to discount a free and fair election can’t say that they are committed to democracy or American values.

Everyone is entitled to their day in court and is innocent until proven guilty. However, to write off what the accused did as inconsequential or an act of free speech means you didn’t take the time to read or absorb the gravity of what the indictment contained.

The only way to move past the great divide in this country is to engage in conversation based on facts. That begins with looking at the fact that everything the former president was accused of in this latest indictment is based on testimony from people he appointed and who supported him, up until he put himself ahead of the Constitution.

This isn’t about politics. It is about what it means to be a democracy not an autocracy or dictatorship and what happens when people place power above principle. 

I long for a day when this nation once again has two functioning political parties that can disagree about ideas. Instead, we have one that has been subverted and become a cult with a leader who makes messianic statements like “I was indicted for you.”

  I already have a Savior.

One thought on “PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — It’s About Democracy”

  • Senator Tim Mathern August 4, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Paula, Great reflection on civics. I suggest you submit it as a letter to the editor to all ND papers. Tim


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