Think of the City of Groton, CT, as the canary in the coal mine.
The New London Day newspaper reported today that all of the Republicans slated to run for local office in May in the City of Groton have withdrawn due to concern about a “hostile and threatening” environment for Republicans created by “increased, nationally publicized threats, intimidation and bullying of Republicans by many liberal Democrats… “
Miners put canaries in coal mines to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases before they hurt humans. The oxygen required for a healthy democracy is the willingness of people to run for political office so that voters have a choice over competing ideas. What happens when one political party can’t get candidates to run for office?
If the City of Groton is any indication, America’s Democracy is suffocating.
The City of Groton’s Republican Committee states in a press release that the candidates who withdrew expressed concern for the “safety and welfare of themselves and their family” and fear of being “subjected to unjustified public ridicule and embarrassment by Democrats supporting the liberal left…”
The Capitol Building break-in on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., exacerbated an existing atmosphere of negativity toward Republicans “whether they supported Donald Trump or not during the 2020 elections,” states the press release.
The withdrawal of Republican candidates leaves local Democrats in the community of about 10,000 without any opposition. City residents elect a Mayor (currently a Democrat) and six councilors at large, who then appoint candidates to local boards and commissions.
Keith Hedrick, the City’s Democratic mayor, said he’d be “lying” if he expressed disappointment that he won’t face a Republican opponent if he wins a primary challenge for the Democratic nomination to run for reelection. However, he bemoaned the toxic nature of politics nationally. “Fighting, hissing and feuding don’t get you anywhere. We should be able to disagree without being disagreeable,” he said.
The City is a 3.2 square mile subdivision of the Town of Groton, located on the Thames River opposite the New London Naval Submarine Base.
Bullying Run Amuck
Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube, all chocked with Democratic Party supporters, have kicked or driven conservative politicians and commentators off social media and pulled the plug on the conservative social media platform Parler.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, an African American Democrat, said on MSNBC that there are “millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogramed… It’s as if they are members of a cult.” That sentiment appears to be a Democratic Party talking point; it was repeated by journalist Katie Couric among others.
A little known novelist, Barry Lyga, has collected more than 500 signatures from publishing industry figures to reject book proposals from former members of Trump’s administration. Co-signers include staffers from the U.S.’s five biggest publishing houses, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan.
The rabid anti-Trump group, The Lincoln Project, flush with contributions, is targeting two Republican Senators, Ted Cruz, R-TX, and Josh Hawley, R-MO, for supposedly engaging in sedition by questioning the legitimacy of the recent election.
More than 1500 attorneys have signed a petition calling on bar associations to condemn and investigate Trump’s lawyers. Both groups insist there is no evidence of election fraud, despite evidence of election fraud.
Corporations have suspended donations to GOP legislators who invoked their right to oppose the Electoral College results in a few swing states. This includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Marriott, Hallmark, Best Buy, Amazon, Dell, Dow Chemical, etc.
And, of course, Democratic Party leaders are pushing forward with a trial to impeach Trump, even though he has already left office.
If the left continues its campaign, eventually they will be the only voice left in the room. And maybe that’s their goal.