I mentioned wishful thinking and self-delusion, all too common human traits. Newspapers have reported an exodus of 30,000 registered Republicans, nationwide, after January 6th. Let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and say 50,000 Republicans left the party. 74 million votes were cast for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. 50k / 74 million = 0.067%, hardly a fatal blow to the GOP. Even less of a blow if you take into account that, thanks to the Electoral College and gerrymandering, Republican votes are worth more than Democratic votes.

I’m trying to give you the precious gift of a reality check. Stop making a tempest in a teapot over your interpretation of Nancy Pelosi’s words and think of a better way to move people to your point of view. Preaching to people who already agree with you is a pointless exercise. Unless we can figure out how to better inform the American electorate, history predicts that after the midterm elections the GOP will have narrow majorities in both houses of Congress. Wishful thinking and deluding ourselves that more Americans think our way than actually do will not change that. Only positive action will.

I’m a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, have a wonderful wife and family, am a working software engineer, and a committed citizen.

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