Posted by: danielrashke | January 8, 2021

Our Democracy is at Stake

There is no place for the deliberate disregard for our democracy that occurred on the steps of the United States Capitol this week. Leadership comes with responsibility. Freedom comes with responsibility. We all must uphold truths, seek facts and defend the will of the people. Our electoral system is not without its issues, but that system is the power of the people.

Our elections in this country are sacred. The power of the people lies in our ability to exercise our right to vote. The will of the people is the breath of the United States. When the sanctity and validity of that power is called to question and terrorized without merit, that is to question the legitimacy and the sanctity of our greatest treasure.

The events over the last two months culminating in the violence and destruction of this week are a direct assault on the rights of our citizens.  

I strongly condemn the shameful acts perpetrated on the United States Capitol. The time is now to stop saying, “this isn’t who we are as a nation” and realize that there are those in this nation who are a threat to the fundamental principles of our democracy. Leaders from across the country must stand up and voice our condemnation for these acts and the attacks on our democratic processes.

The destruction and lawlessness on the steps and in the halls of our United States Capitol is disgraceful. I am horrified at the chaos that erupted and saddened by the blatant disrespect for our constitution and the peaceful transition of power within our highest leadership offices that was decided by the people, for the people.

There must be accountability for the actions at the U.S. Capitol and the words and actions that compelled this assault.

We are better than this and we must demand those around us be better as well. We must hold accountable those who are working to topple our democracy and discourage the will of the people. We have reached the point where it is no longer a choice but a responsibility to come together and call for unity, peace and order.

Our democracy is revered as the most exceptional in the world. We stand now, on the world’s stage vulnerable and exposed. These events challenge the very ideals and moral fibers that thread our nation together. We cannot accept the insurrection of these few to define the work and will of the many. The foundations of our democracy are at stake.

We must end this. We must put a stop these lies and attacks on our electoral system and attempts to disenfranchise the American voters.

It is our responsibility to hold accountable those we put in leadership positions and those seeking to disenfranchise the will and power of the people. I stand against attacks on our democracy both foreign and domestic and will use my voice to stand for what is right and just.

The double standard in the minds and actions of Americans regarding the acceptability of this mob carrying out an attack on our Capitol and our democracy yet condemning peaceful protests calling for equality and justice for millions of Americans is unacceptable. There is no comparison. The fallout of this tragedy shows the bias and systemic racism and injustice that runs deep in the veins of this country.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done. I will continue to push the boundaries in my company and in my life to stand up for what is right and just and I implore you to do the same. Our democracy is at stake.


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