The past year has ushered in a sense of urgency for our democracy, and it’s also shown us, both how important it is and how fragile it is. We are learning about what we have taken for granted, what soldiers bled and died for so we could be free from the type of tyranny we currently facing.

The white supremacists have a right, granted to them by the constitution and protected by those who died for it, to have their say. They do not, however, have a right to incite violence, to run people down with cars or turn our nation into something that looks like a third-world country. If you want to be a bigot, racist or whatever, you have that right, but you do not have the right to force your opinions on those who do not agree.

Our president, who blames “both sides,” is accomplishing exactly what he set out to accomplish, a divided country with a minority who believes only they can unite us again. To that I say “bullshit,” and refuse to take such a limited view of our democracy. They threaten to bring upon us a war, but it’s a war they cannot win because the majority of Americans are good and decent people who love more than they hate, and who value their liberty to choose for themselves above all else.

Both sides will die for their cause if necessary, but we are the majority in a majority-ruled democracy. The loudest most angry voices do not always win, so let they yell and make fools of themselves. Let them show themselves as the criminals and traitors to democracy they are. Traitors are always caught up in the very webs they weave.

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