This is a column by opinion editor Adam Van Brimmer.
It is said that democracy “dies in darkness”. As far as fatal injuries go, the fatal blow could come to light within the next four weeks right here in Georgia.
At ballot box.
Most of us scoff at the old saw of “this is the most important election of your life”. But the May 24 Republican primary actually meets that impossible standard because some candidates, if elected, will not hesitate to use their power to overthrow future elections.
If the govt. David Perdue disagrees with the result of the 2024 presidential election in Georgia, he will call a special session of the General Assembly of Georgia to invalidate the results. If IOdy Hice is Georgia’s secretary of state, Perdue won’t need to beef up — Hice, as the state’s election chief, will have already sabotaged the count.
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Meanwhile, the Attorney General John Gordon will stand ready to defend election theft in court, and members of the U.S. Congress Vernon Jones, Andrew Clyde and Marjorie Taylor Greene stand ready to refuse certification of the Electoral College vote.
If you can’t beat them, fool them
Elections will become mockery. Governing will become a zero-sum equation. America as we know it will die.
If you can’t beat them, fool them
If there was ever an election to be a single-issue voter, this is it.
Using a candidate’s position on abortion, gun control or health care coverage as a litmus test shows a dangerous narrow-mindedness. Whether an elected official will honor the collective will of voters, on the other hand, is a given.
If you value the most inalienable of American rights – the ability to choose your future leaders – you can’t vote for sneaky peddlers.
Someone like Perdue, who opened a recent gubernatorial debate by saying the 2020 election “was rigged and stolen” even as investigations by other Republicans, including a conniving U.S. Attorney General shamelessly proved the opposite.
Someone like Hice, who as a member of the United States House voted against certification of the Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 and continues to claim that former President Donald Trump won the election.
Someone like Gordon, a lawyer who was part of a legal team that tried to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election result. Obviously Sidney Powell and Rudy Guiliani weren’t available to run.
These men, along with Jones and Greene, know that Biden defeated Trump and Jon Ossoff beat Perdue in 2020. They are not tricked-out, basement-dwelling conspiracy theorists whose idea of social interaction is to post on 4chan.
They are power-hungry opportunists, and Trump’s success in spreading the “big lie” positions them to turn a beacon of freedom into an authoritarian state. A vote for them can be the last vote you cast.
A nationally coordinated assault
The potential coup is not limited to Georgia.
Voters in eight other states will choose election leaders — secretaries of state in most cases — and Trump-backed attorneys general are on the ballot in 10 states. It is no coincidence that the objectives are Battleground States 2020such as Arizona, Michigan and Nevada, and other states that Trump loyalists fear are “purple”, such as Idaho and Ohio.
Trump has challenged the vote count in several states in 2020, hoping to overturn the results in two or more and leave the election to the House of Representativeswhere more states have Republican-controlled delegations than Democratic-led ones.
The strategy failed, but the Trumpists will no longer be fired. Another close presidential election — at least by electoral college count — is likely in 2024. With Big Liars in big offices, Trump would have the power to cheat his way to victory that he lacked in 2020.
Of course, the primary is not the general election. Perdue could win in May and lose against Stacey Abrams in November. The same goes for Hice, with Democrats presenting a strong challenger, likely Bee Nguyen.
But Georgia is still a Republican-leaning state, and winning the GOP primary would put elective office within slimy grasp of the Trumpists.
Early voting for the primary begins Monday. Georgians who vote for Republicans will not only vote for candidates, they will defend – or attack – democracy.
Contact Van Brimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @SavannahOpinion.