All Americans know that if it flies like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

But perhaps some Americans still don’t understand that if it believes the Big Lie (“I won the election”), believes that state legislators severely curtailing the right of Americans to vote (with no evidence of need) is OK, believes in dirty tricks to stay in power (such as gerrymandering voting district boundaries), and believes President Donald Trump’s demonizing everyone he doesn’t like is OK — and if it believes that domestic problem-solving (such as the initially botched dealing with the coronavirus) doesn’t matter, believes Congress-freezing obstructionism in the Senate is OK, believes it is OK that a right-wing, Trump-inspired, armed group attacked the federal Capitol building with the goals of assaulting our legislators and changing election votes (insurrection), believes in silly (but dangerous) conspiracy theories (like the election was rigged against Trump), and believes lies can substitute for truth, then it might be the Republican Party.

How do we know that many Republicans believe these descriptions? Because they elect politicians who believe these things!

How can we return to a semblance of our former nation? Voters could vote out present politicians who reflect these descriptions (many in 2022) and replace them with ones who more closely match the thoughts and values of the majority of Americans.

We need a smoother-behaving, problem-solving two-party system — without Republicans misusing patriotism to move us toward a one-party dictatorship.

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Donald E. Maypole

Lake Nebagamon

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