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I want to speak to the Trump supporters and Republican voters in Tillamook county and across Oregon. This midterm election, pocketbook issues like inflation, gas prices, and property crime are important. But the current threat to democracy is the biggest pocketbook issue possible. Why do we say “third world” countries have a hard time with their economies, especially getting foreign investment? It’s because their non-representative government makes for social instability and an unpredictable business environment, to put it euphemistically. You think there is property crime now? You will feel a lot less safe when we have lost our democracy, when the U.S. stops apportioning power on the basis of one person one vote.

What experts call “democratic backsliding” has to some degree already happened in America. It includes (1) the non-peaceful transfer of power January 6th, (2) the atmosphere or threat of political violence, and (3) the unfortunate reality of political violence such as the Pelosi attack. Additionally, refusing to accept election losses, which has become a litmus test for Republican candidates, is also part of our democratic backsliding. As such, Republicans are a threat to your family’s economic wellbeing.

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