Do Not Sit on Your HandsSome of us liberals are extremely alarmed about the autocratic tendencies of the President. Others feel that our democracy will survive, despite its processes having failed and produced a President and many other elected officials who do not believe in, nor understand, “what makes America great.” That is, of course, our reliance upon the rule of law and the checks and balances provided by the Constitution. These seem to be beyond their comprehension.
In other nations, when ugly autocracy raised its head and the citizenry sat on their hands, things did not return to normal. Wars had to be fought for that to happen. Do not sit on your hands. Words are not enough. Become active. And that means more than just voting. Find candidates whose programs you support and volunteer to work for them. Do not sit on your hands. Others who have done that suffered because of their inaction.
A Good Thing for the G.O.P.
This scenario, although unlikely, is not inconceivable.
Florida Governor's RaceIf someone were to ask me whom I voted for (and I already have voted by mail) in the Florida Democratic primary for governor, I would reply that I took this opportunity to vote for the candidate whom I feel best represents the uncompromised goals of the Democratic Party. I voted my conscience, as I should have done in the 2016 Presidential primary.
Example: A law against labelling kosher and halal foods would make close to impossible the free exercise of an act many Jews and Muslims believe in as part of their religion, the avoidance of prohibited foods. Therefore, such a law would violate the First Amendment. A law, or court decisions, protecting such labelling, on the other hand, would not affect anyone’s beliefs and would not violate the First Amendment because it would not prohibit the “free exercise” of anything whatsoever.
Carry this analogy on to abortion where laws and court decisions allowing it do not take away any rights whatsoever from those whose religious beliefs condemn abortion. They can oppose it "till the cows come home" but they are not prevented from believing abortion to be wrong.
Religious opponents of abortion, and that is what most anti-abortion supporters are, should stop concerning themselves with what choices other people may make in dealing with their body’s reproductive mechanisms. Their opposition should not take the form of a jihad nor should it be based on a corruption of the First Amendment as to what rights it protects.