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newspaper reported today that all of the Republicans slated to run for local office in May in the City of Groton have withdrawn due to concern about a “hostile and threatening” environment for Republicans created by “increased, nationally publicized threats, intimidation and bullying of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.
It is amazing how quickly President Elect Joe Biden’s calls for unity and healing have morphed to a quest for blood.
Instead of taking the higher ground, Biden and top Democratic leaders are using partisan rhetoric to inflame tensions and exacerbate partisan differences in the wake of the so-called siege of the nation’s Capitol building this week.
Biden tells us the protesters who broke into the Capitol are “domestic terrorists: Don’t dare call them protesters.”
Like the Unabomber and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh? Seriously?
Biden Friday compared Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and Sen. Joseph Hawley, R-MO to Nazis, who killed 6 million Jews, because they exercised their legal right to object to electors. Seriously?
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders are sharpening knives, calling for GOP President Donald Trump’s immediate impeachment and focusing a laser beam of intimidation on GOP politicians who had the courage to stand up for election integrity.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the number three Democrat in the Senate, on Friday called on Cruz and Hawley to resign for breaking their oath of office. So it’s now seditious to question the integrity of Biden’s election?
What a missed opportunity for an incoming president who already is handicapped by the fact that he is considered illegitimate by an estimated three-quarters of Republican voters and a fifth of Democratic voters.