Let no one give in, even a fraction of an inch, to the cynical attacks on election laws aiming to ensure the integrity of our votes. There is no contradiction between the need to ensure all have access to the vote and the need for all votes to be protected from nullification by fraud. Decent Americans of all stripes agree that neither could be done without. When laws resolutely and steadfastly address both of those concerns as one, we can be sure that they will command the assent of the overwhelming majority.
But so effective are today’s propagandists of division that we sometimes even doubt ourselves. We grow defensive and unpersuasive when talking about the need for vote access. Perhaps we are being inauthentic?
So it is necessary for us all to go over our own history and reacquaint ourselves with our commitments, so we can speak with conviction and heart as well as with the facts.
When no party would commit itself to forthrightly opposing the spread of slavery, a group of people who recognized slavery as the supreme issue of the day got together and formed the Republican Party. Unable to take a stand on the issue, the Whig Party disappeared from the scene, and the Democrats remained as the party of those who upheld the “peculiar institution.”