Democracy Is Defended by What We Learn

What we learn safeguards our democracy

We must learn a lot. Learning not only prepares us to have better jobs and better lives, it also safeguards our nation.

This fact, this dose of reality, was made clear recently to a congressional panel as General Milley responded to questioning. Jake Lahut, writing for the Business Insider, draws attention to this in his article: US’s top general tears into notion that the US military is ‘woke,’ calling GOP critiques ‘offensive.’ He writes:

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, picked apart a growing argument from Republicans that the US military has gone “woke” with excessive diversity training.

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General Milley is quoted:

I want to understand white rage – and I’m white,” Milley said. “What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here. And I do want to understand that.

General Milley had said earlier:

A lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the [critical race theory] theory is. … I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open minded and be widely read.

Any military entity worth its salt knows it must learn all it can about any adversary to best defend its nation. Curiosity is an asset. Keeping an open mind is a precious skill. Thankfully, our military is aware of this perspective.

The DOJ acts on what they learn

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Our democracy is not only defended by our military. It is also defended by the rule of law and our Department of Justice (DOJ). Responses to what the DOJ learns helps protect our Constitution. Kevin Johnson, writing for USA Today, notes a recent DOJ move, Justice Department suing Georgia over election law it says restricts Black voters’ access:

The Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia in an effort to overturn a contentious state law that federal officials claim restricts Black voters’ access to the polls in likely the first of several legal challenges to states’ newly imposed election laws.

“The rights of all citizens to vote are the central pillars of our democracy,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, adding that recent changes to Georgia law amounted to voter suppression.

“This lawsuit is the first step of many we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information.”

We have a duty to learn

What do citizens learn? We learn we have a patriotic duty to vote, though many ignore that responsibility. Sadly, few learn how the voting process actually works. Few, very few, know how the Electoral College works. As the misinformed rally around the denigration of its origins and purpose, they become the enemy of our democracy. Ignorance makes more noise, causes more disruption, and destroys our nation from within.

Equal Voice Voting (EVV) preserves the Electoral College. All Votes Matter! can be considered a vital primer for any concerned citizen to learn how best we can protect our presidential elections.

If our leaders can keep an open mind, follow their curiosities, and be willing to discover truths they do not know, cannot our citizens? Can we not protect our democracy from the clutches of ignorance and fear and misinformation that seeks to destroy what we hold dear?

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By Jerry Spriggs and the Equal Voice Voting Team