Not all Republicans share Donald Trump’s actions.

The misrepresentation of the Republican Party as complicit in the actions of the Trump administration is a false narrative. There may still be a number of Trump supporters in the Republican Party as a whole, but the party as a whole wants to get rid of them.

The daily revelations and efforts of the House Committee on January 6th have brought a reckoning to the doorstep not only of Republicans, but of the entire country.

Seeing how close we were that one man tried to steal America’s choice and replace it with a false claim that he had won has shaken everyone up. With each party having its own strategy for how to move forward and never let it happen again, organizations are growing rapidly from the grassroots to Washington. Citizens are joining efforts to stop the division that both extremes want.

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For example, CountryFirst believes that key democracy reforms are needed to encourage healthy dialogue, good leadership, and ultimately Americans to achieve these outcomes. The group has given those who feel “politically homeless” a place to connect with others and plan real action to stop those who want to steal our democracy.

Organizations like Country First and Brewer’s Angels allow Americans to meet other like-minded, rational, well-intentioned Americans who want to ensure a lasting democracy for our future and the future of our children.

Ryan Weiner, St. Charles

A basic idea on how to avoid speeding tickets

I was pleased to see the Chicago City Council debate whether drivers should be ticketed for going six or 11 miles over the speed limit.

It is irrelevant who is getting the ticket because, as far as I know, speed cameras do not discriminate based on race, gender or ethnicity. Here’s a radical idea: If someone doesn’t want to get a speeding ticket, don’t speed.

Red Macon, Rogers Park

If fascism took over the country.

As they say, politics sure makes for strange bedfellows.

Why was Roe v. Wade overturned? Because Donald Trump, who has been pro-choice for most of his life, has been told he has no chance of winning the GOP nomination unless he appeals to the 60 percent of Republicans who vote on all or most issues. I was against abortion.

Presto! Trump spoke about the face and called for the punishment of women who had abortions in 2016. Backtracked on this stance but it got a lot of publicity.

Why do we still have assault weapons in the hands of private citizens? Because the Republican coalition cannot afford to offend Second Amendment extremists in their own party.

So anti-abortion and pro-gun groups (among others) get more comfortable. These groups say, “Rebellion? Rebellion? Dictator? No way. Not our hero, Donald Trump. I wonder if they care if fascism takes over our country.”

Kevin Coughlin, Evanston

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