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Thomas L. Freedman, three-time Pulitzer Award winner and regular columnist at The New York Times
This is a sentence I never thought I would write or read. 'This November, for the first time in US history, we might not be able to hold free and fair elections and power transfer peacefully if Joe Biden defeats Trump.'
Because if half of the country feels that their vote will not be counted completely due to the administration's demolition of the US Postal Service and the rest of the country is being convinced by the President that the postal vote is trickery of Biden, then Nazita contested the election. Will be
This will be the end of American democracy. It would also not be an exaggeration to say that this will lead to the seeds of another civil war. This threat is real. So personally I have to go, walk, run, flop, fly, wallow, swim, drive, train, truck, bus, scooter, wearing a face mask, shield, gloves, PPE kit or spacesuit, In any case, on November 3, I will go to the nearest polling station to vote.
So to ensure that my vote went to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. And it is not because I am a crazy liberal. This is because I believe that America is a middle-left, middle-right country, and it can only be run by someone who can rebuild both. I think Biden can do that.
I can understand that going to the polls in the midst of an epidemic is not an option for many people and it has nothing to do with Trump. Like many retirees, who usually voluntarily do duty in a polling station, they do not want to do so this year out of fear of Corona. Many people are really scared that if they stand in the crowd, the chances of infection will increase.
If seen, it is not Trump's fault that the Postal Service is not designed to handle so many ballots and count every vote. But their mistake is that instead of leading the nation's elections to save them from such a huge crisis, they are trying to force the country to believe that any vote by post will be considered fake, except in states where He seems to be getting support. Like Florida. That is why they are deliberately trying to block the funds needed to increase the capacity of the postal service.
Democrats are pushing for $ 25 billion for the US Postal Service and $ 3.5 billion for states to help with elections. But Trump denied it. He said, 'If they don't get both these things, then all states will not be able to vote by post because they are not ready for it.' I have covered the dictators of Banana Republic, but they also openly damage their elections. Did not talk about delivery.
Then what should be done at the policy level? Attack your congressman and senator's offices with emails and protests, protect your neighborhood's mailboxes and not remove them and, most importantly, support protesters standing outside Trump's postmaster General Louis Dejoy's home in Northwest DC . In this way, there has been some impact on Dejoy.
At the same time, the President is constantly raising false doubts against voting by post. But we cannot depend on Dejoy or Trump for this election. Americans will have to help appoint more election staff in every area, so that polling stations can open and handle those who want to vote. For me, it is the defining day of our generation.
Just think. In the midst of the Nazi attack on Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944, American soldiers actually voted on their own, so that we could all vote by ballot, going by ourselves or by post, even if we were in the midst of an epidemic.
Don Bear, who was in Bill Clinton's team, recently told me that now it is our turn to come forward. He said, “There are millions of college students in their homes right now.” He is about the same age as American soldiers landed in Normandy in June 1944. It would be very helpful if they include themselves in election watchdog, get their Kovid test done.
If healthy, help your fellow citizens in voting. Such as taking people to polling station, sanitizing the center etc. So that people can use their fundamental rights. '
So I don't care who the Americans will vote for. But this election has to be saved from those who are making it such that not everyone can vote or every vote is counted. This would be a gross insult to the soldiers of Normandy Beach. (These are the author's own views)