Coming out a Dem

    My name is Daniel Tracy, and I would like to “come out” of the proverbial closet to now identify as a Democrat. I was born, raised, and currently reside in Bourbon, Missouri. I was afforded the opportunity to travel the world both in my childhood and into my adult life. I am an active member of our community who enjoys donating my time and money for causes close to my heart.

    I am also a combat decorated Marine Corps veteran. I do not tell you these things about me to gloat. I want you to know enough to be confident in the fact that I love our country and this community. Democracy truly is the only peaceful solution to our diverse America. I personally have a deep appreciation for the rule of law and order that our democracy provides.
    The insurrection on January 6th, 2021 and the events leading up to it shook me to my core. To think that all the emotions invoked and lives lost are based on one single lie. Not just any lie. A “bold faced lie”! This is a phrase I have heard used in our community to describe a lie that is so blatant to anyone who hears it. Donald Trump lost a free and fair election. PERIOD!
    This is a fact and no meme on the internet or baseless claim of systemic voter fraud will change that. 87 separate lawsuits were filed in multiple states, nearly all of them were dismissed or dropped due to lack of evidence. 38 of the judges who ruled in these cases were appointed by Republicans and a handful of those were appointed by Trump himself. 25 Republican and 21 Democratic Secretaries of States certified the results of the election.  
    In the United States most lies are considered protected speech. This is a rather amazing concept which cannot be practiced by much of the world. We can tell a lie as loud and as many times as we like. The election lie became criminal when Donald Trump used it to inspire a direct attack on our democracy. I do not blame you for believing this lie. It was supported by many men and women who squarely knew it was a lie.
    Our elected officials failed us and our democracy by allowing this lie to travel unchecked through our community. This lie has inspired me to use my voice, time, and money to help remove any elected official who supported and spread this lie. Donald Trump is not the truth and he is of no sound voice for democracy. I close this letter with a quote. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Donald John Trump Sioux City, Iowa January 23rd, 2016.
Daniel Tracy