Column: Vote like the future of our country depends on it

Linda Rockwell
Posted 8/3/22

The results of the June 28 primary election were good news for democracy in Colorado. In all the high-profile statewide races, the 2020-election-deniers lost. Kudos to all you unaffiliated and Republican voters who took the time to vote for the rational people.

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Column: Vote like the future of our country depends on it

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The results of the June 28 primary election were good news for democracy in Colorado. In all the high-profile statewide races, the 2020-election-deniers lost. Kudos to all you unaffiliated and Republican voters who took the time to vote for the rational people.

This means that Democratic candidates will be facing off against Republican candidates whose messages will be focused on something other than the Big Lie. They will doubtless talk a lot about what’s wrong with

“The Democrats.” My Democratic friends also talk a lot about what’s wrong with “The Democrats.” I hear it all the time: “The Democrats just don’t get it.” “The Democrats need to wake up to reality.”

The fact is that The Democrats are not monolithic. As always, there are those who want to see incremental change and those who think the time is ripe for transformational change. It’s also a fact that the latter are in a minority in Colorado and in the U. S. Congress. The threat of vetoes by Gov. Polis has held back several proposals from being considered by the legislature. Joe Manchin has a lot more power than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The gridlock in Washington can be maddening, so focus instead on what is happening here in Colorado and in Jefferson County. Democrats are getting things done. Our governor, other statewide officials, our legislature and our county commissioners have worked hard to create a better future for all their constituents.

In the past year or so, they have bolstered public education at every level, codified reproductive rights, given more people access to health insurance, dedicated more resources to fire mitigation and forest health, increased the security of elections, passed gun safety measures, made the tax code fairer and taken steps to fight climate change. Our all-mail ballot elections are a model for the nation. Balanced budgets and fiscal prudence are the norm.

I fear that none of this will matter in November because the price of gas and groceries is through the roof. It’s tough on everyone — it’s important — but no politician can do much about it, in spite of what they may say. In the long term, issues matter more. 

Our country is dealing with serious problems — gun violence, domestic terrorism, economic inequality, racial and ethnic division, fire and drought brought on by global warming, homelessness and drug addiction, among them. 

As you consider how to cast your ballot in November, ask yourself which party is more likely to propose effective solutions, and then to act. Who will protect and expand the right to vote? Who will support renewable energy and help us decrease our reliance on fossil fuels? Who will make sure that all people have access to appropriate health care? Who will ensure that our gay friends and family members continue to have the right to marry? Who will take on the gun lobby and put reasonable restrictions on assault weapons? Who will help families rise out of poverty? Who will take action to reduce the scourge of fentanyl?

Even this partial list is long. The issues are complex with few simple answers, but I believe my party’s leaders strive every day to find real solutions to the problems faced by real people. We cannot tackle these problems through lower taxes, less regulation and cracking down on criminals, as most Republican candidates would have you believe.

No matter how you feel about The Democrats, or whatever your party affiliation is, vote like the future of our country depends on it.

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