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Monday, March 4, 2024
The Observer

Vote against tyranny

The Declaration of Independence put it simply: “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” Our nation was founded on the principle that an individual who is not accountable to the people has no right to rule the people. The man now in question is just such an individual. He is accountable to no one but himself. He does and says whatever he wants because he knows that he can do and say anything and his base will still support him — and almost no one in his party in Congress has shown the backbone to stand up to him. He does whatever he wants to women, regardless of what the law says, because he believes that his wealth and power put him above the law: “When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” Another time he said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible.”

Imagine what a narcissist who believes he “can do anything” to anyone would do if he held the powers of the most powerful office politically in the history of human civilization, if he became Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in world history, if he had the explicit power to do whatever he wanted with our nuclear arsenal.

You don’t have to “feel good” about voting for her. Voting isn’t about making yourself feel good. It’s about you performing your constitutionally-protected right and duty as a citizen of the United States of America to do your part to ensure that the next leader of the Free World is a person who is dedicated to defending the democratic principles of liberty and equality and who is not a megalomaniacal tyrant — a right and duty for which hundreds of thousands of Americans over the course of more than two centuries have sacrificed their lives.


Joseph Raabe


Nov. 6

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.