High-ranking GA Republican: We must ‘acknowledge the voice of the people’ and ‘transition in grace’
If you haven't heard, Donald Trump and the GOP he represents are attempting to steal the election won by President-elect Joe Biden. Republicans like Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Scott, terrified of losing Trump's base, have been calling our democracy into question. Sadly, this is just another example of the cowardice shown by Republican leadership in the last four years.
But not every Republican official is anti-democracy. Mike Boyce, the chairman of Cobb County, Georgia, lost his bid for reelection on Election Day. Boyce is a Republican and lost to his Democratic challenger, Lisa Cupid. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Boyce congratulated Chair-elect Cupid on her victory, telling the news outlet: "I think it's also important, that as part of this process, that we have a transition in grace, that we acknowledge the voice of the people, we hear them and we move on. I hope that this message gets loud and clear to our national and our state leaders, that this transition in grace is part of the election process."
Boyce went on to diplomatically point out that it was "extraordinary" that the last time we went through this process, the Republican Party that had zero complaints about the "integrity of the voting process" is now the same group of people crying about losing. Boyce is a veteran of the Marines, and on the eve of Veterans Day, he also had this to say:
"Tomorrow, I just think it's a great time to remember, if nothing else, what this country stands for," he said. "Although veterans fought for freedom, and still fight for freedom, we all fight for freedom in our own ways, and the way to do that is to acknowledge the will and voice of the people and to continue, to encourage, what I call this transition in grace."
Unlike Donald Trump, former Chairman Boyce understands how our Democratic process works. People vote. Those people are the American people. Their decision is regarded as the primary consideration in how our government works and runs. At the very least, the people's voice is the only consideration that is supposed to be relevant when choosing our representation in this democracy. That might be an ideal, but it is the promise of our country. It is that promise that makes America great.