Dear Republican Voters—It’s Time to Cross The Line

by | Oct 14, 2022 | Opinions & Commentary

Photo by Colin Lloyd

Dear Republican Voters—It’s Time to Cross The Line

by | Oct 14, 2022 | Opinions & Commentary

Photo by Colin Lloyd

On November 8th, voting against the Republican Party isn’t about one party winning and another party losing. It’s about good people stopping a very bad movement, one that is antithetical to life and country.

Dear Compassionate, Faithful, Patriotic Republican Voters,

You see it too, don’t you? I mean, it’s obvious to you as well, isn’t it?

I don’t think I have to list it all here for you: every Constitutional assault, every human rights rollback, every bit of Supreme Court overreach, every sickening January 6th revelation, every attack on voting rights, every incendiary sermon, every racially charged travel ban and border wall rant, every gaslighting press conference.

I don’t think I need to inventory for you the legacy of the former president: every disgraced former Cabinet member, every levied legal charge, every inner circle indictment, every disgraced former employee; every bit of proven corruption and the malfeasance unearthed each day.

I don’t imagine at this point I need to persuade or convince you of anything.

You’re not stupid.

I think you see it all.

I think you’re a student of history.

I think you recognize all the red flags.

I think you see how dangerous the leaders of your party have become.

I think you understand the precise gravity of the moment.

I’m just here to invite you to move now based on what you already know.

I’m asking you to vote in a way you may have never voted before—because these are days we’ve never seen here before.

Up until now, the political parties of this country were predominately filled with rational adults who may have had profound disagreements on policy and method, but who almost always yielded to reason and to compromise—and ultimately to the common good. These parties, even at their most diametrically opposed were largely steered by human beings who genuinely wanted the best for the people of this country, even if they differed profoundly on the how of getting there.

That is no longer true. Your party has been slowly commandeered by the extremists and the zealots, and even if it once represented you I don’t believe that it does now. I think you realize that.

Right now there are unhinged, amoral people at the helm of your party and we are all being driven swiftly into the abyss, and it is because of the quickly approaching void that I’m asking you to stand with those of us who aren’t satisfied with going there easily—and to vote us back from the edge.

I know on its face it feels like a betrayal to you, but if you dig a bit beneath the initial awkwardness of the idea, you’ll see that voting in opposition to this historically predatory kleptocracy, is actually a profound act of patriotism, a bold confession of your personal faith convictions, and a clear declaration of your love for disparate humanity.

In nearly any other season in our nation’s history, a party would be hemmed in and our people protected, by reasonable checks and balances formed by the laws of this land and by good human beings whose greatest priorities were to honor those laws. We don’t have those protections anymore. What we have, is a sickening assortment of grifters, bigots, hucksters, false prophets, nationalists, and white-collar criminals who are making a frantic power grab while they can—this country and its future be damned.

You and I are in this mess together, friend.

We can get ourselves out of it together, too.

We can vote our way out.

This isn’t about one party winning and another party losing. It’s about good people stopping a very bad movement: one that is antithetical to life and country; one that neither deserves nor respects the lofty, influential, and sacred space it seeks to occupy.

I’m not asking you to alter a single fiber of your personal morality or to compromise on anything you hold dear—I’m asking you to fight for those things alongside millions of people who are doing the very same thing.

I’m inviting you to make an uncomfortable momentary alliance, in order to avoid an irreparable Constitutional catastrophe.

I’m asking you to stand against white supremacists and Neo-Nazis and anti-immigrant bigots and flat-earthers and fear-peddlers and conspiracy theorists, who don’t reflect any version of this nation worth passing on to our children and those who will inherit our choices.

In the most heinous, most grievous, most dangerous, most treasonous of ways, this iteration of your former party has continually crossed the line and abandoned this nation and its own stated values of life and faith.

I’m asking you to cross the line in order to stop them.

Not for your party.

Not for mine.

Not for anything that small or inconsequential.

I’m asking you to cross the line, for our children and for their children, and for generations appearing on the horizon of history who deserve to inherit something that even remotely resembles the America we’ve both had the blessing to live our lives within and benefit from and revel in—for an America that can get even better.

Those who will follow us deserve a place where liberty and equality aren’t rendered extinct; where the inherent worth of each person is acknowledged and protected with nonpartisan passion—where intelligence isn’t a liability, decency isn’t a moral failing, and compassion a character flaw.

You and I can help give them that place.

We can stop the bleeding, find our bearings, and course correct in the face of one of the single greatest errors in our history.

Then, we can begin the work of crafting compromise and finding affinities and renovating this nation in a way that reflects the very best of it, for those who call it home or aspire to call it home.

In the desire for a peaceful nation, we are not adversaries, we are allies.

So for once this November, maybe for the only time, I’m asking you to cross the line.

I’m asking you to vote Blue: for America, for the planet, for faith, for life—and for humanity.

Republished with permission from John Pavlovitz.

John Pavlovitz

John Pavlovitz

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. A 25-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. When not actively working for a more compassionate planet, John enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, cooking, and having time in nature. He is the author of A Bigger Table, Hope and Other Superpowers, Low, and Stuff That Needs to Be Said.

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