Why are Republicans so enamored of abuse of power?
Probably because abuse of power is the only reason they are in power in the first place.
Ten years later, all across the nation, Republicans won hundreds of state legislative seats, which allowed them in 2011 to draw state and federal district lines to politically gerrymander — and racially gerrymander — what they thought would be a permanent legislative majority.
Yet all we hear from Virginia Republicans is...silence. Crickets. “Nothing to see here. Move along. It’s just the sound of the President wiping his dirty shoes on the Constitution. It’s just the sound of democracy dying.”
In the Virginia General Assembly, Democrats uniformly support representative Government and making it easier for every Virginia citizen to vote. Republicans uniformly support racial gerrymandering, discarding legitimately cast votes, and throwing up as many roadblocks to voting as they can find.
And here’s where you come in:
In 2008 and 2012, President Obama took power because he got so many votes he won beyond the margin of cheating. But sadly, in 2017, Josh Cole’s and Shelly Simonds’ vote margins were close enough to allow Republican judges to usurp their electoral victories.
Virginia goes to the polls on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. In just five weeks and two days. The races in the House are very close, with polls showing more than a dozen neck and neck.
This time, we have to win beyond the margin of cheating.
This time, we have to win so much that courts respect Virginia’s blue majority.
This time, we have to win so we can redraw boundaries in 2021 to accurately reflect Virginia’s polity.
The results of this election will therefore resound for a dozen years all the way until 2031.
This time, we have to show a frightened nation — reeling from the prospect of the greatest threat to our republic since the Civil War — that democracy can prevail, that the people’s voices can be heard, that voting in massive numbers can prevail against even the most insidious corruption and lawlessness in Mafia-like shakedowns ordered directly by the President of the United States.
We must win Virginia in 2019.
We must give the nation courage in 2020.
A loss in Virginia — the only state in the USA to hold competitive elections in 2019 — would be devastating.
It would depress Democratic turnout and cause people to stay home in 2020.
Conversely, a win would excite the entire nation and show that authoritarianism can be defeated.
But winning in Virginia changes the political calculus.
Winning in Virginia would show a depressed and disheartened majority of the American People that Trumpism can be defeated, that we can uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, and that democracy can still prevail in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
In the midst of the impeachment inquiry, a strong November victory in Virginia might even encourage elected Republicans in the United States Senate to put the Constitution and their country ahead of raw political power. Because even if they could care less about their Constitution or the country, they do care about their own re-election.
In sum, a Virginia victory would be a national wake-up call.
And here’s where you come in.
I need your help.
We need your help.
I’m not asking for $500,000. I’m asking for $50 or, if you can afford it, $500
. If you think it unfair that we need 1000 very large donations to even match the donation of a single rich, pedophile-supporting Republican, you understand what we are up against.
Every penny given in response to this email, I will forward the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, but, to be candid, we are still about $1 million short of what we need to prevail. So if you have friends — even friends in other states — who can lend a hand, we could sure use it. Yesterday, I upped my commitment to the House Caucus, but I can only keep my promise if you step up to help me.
For all the national focus on 2020, the key to a 2020 victory is Virginia 2019.
Just click the image below.
Your nation is depending on you.
With your help, we can lead Virginia and this nation into a new era where the Constitution and the rule of law are respected, where “pay to play” is outlawed, and where a President is more loyal to the People of the United States than the dictators of Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
Even if you are conservative, even if you are Republican, it is time to rally around the flag.
If we can extirpate the Trumpist cancer, we can once again have a two-party system where the battle is over ideas, instead of over power, greed, and corruption.
But unless and until that cancer on the Republican Party is removed, the cancer will metastasize, destroying what was respectable about the Republican Party first as it grows to strangle the Constitution and the nation. Patriotic conservative Republicans like John McCain (may he rest in peace), Mitt Romney, George Will, and Jennifer Rubin understand that it is a devil’s bargain to give up your integrity for power. Because you lose your soul in the process.
Or to quote Star Wars, “Beware the dark side of the force.”
Your support is critical to sending the right message on November 5, 2019.
That no one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.
Delegate Mark Levine
Proudly serving Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax
in the Virginia House of Delegates