In defense of the right to vote and democracy, Biden is sounding the alarm

In a passionate twenty-minute speech in which he did not mince his words, the 46th US President warned of an attack against democracy.

Such efforts against the right to vote are not not unprecedented, but they now wear pernicious forms, he denounced in front of a crowd of 300 people, including local officials and civil rights defenders.

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Denouncing the electoral subversion, he slammed the efforts of Republicans in several states to impose restrictions on voting, comparing them to the actions of the KKK and laws restricting the right to vote of African Americans in the 19e and 20e centuries.

They want to be able to reject the final tally and ignore the will of the people if their favorite candidate loses, he noticed.

Since last November’s election, 17 states have passed a total of 28 laws restricting access to the ballot box, and at least 880 bills of varying scope have been introduced in 49 states, according to a June review by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

Hear me well. There is an assault in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote and the holding of fair and free elections. An assault on democracy, an assault on freedom, an assault on who we are.

for God’s sake!– and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our elections and the sacred right to vote. Aren’t you ashamed? ”,“ Text ”:“ We will ask my Republican friends in Congress, states, cities and counties to stand up – for goodness sake! – and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our elections and the sacred right to vote. Are you not ashamed? “}}”>We will ask my Republican friends in Congress, states, cities and counties to stand up – for goodness sake! – and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our elections and the sacred right to vote. Are you not ashamed?, argued President Biden.

Make no mistake, bullies, fear-mongers and spreaders of lies threaten the very foundations of our country., he argued.

Are you on the side of truth or lies, fact or fiction, justice or injustice? Democracy or autocracy? This is what is at stake.

In 2020 the election was put to the test on several fronts, he argued, citing the pandemic, the challenge to the results of the presidential election in November and theviolent insurrectionconducted in January against the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.

We face the most important test of our democracy since the civil war. This is not hyperbole.

last January “,” text “:” The Confederates, at the time, never stormed the Capitol like the insurgents did on January 6 “}}”>The Confederates, at the time, never stormed the Capitol like the insurgents did on January 6., he continued, issuing a call to action. I am not saying this to alarm you. I say this because you should be alarmed.

The winner of the presidential election recalled that successive recounts had each time confirmed his victory and that the courts had each time concluded that the election was legitimate: The 2020 election was the most scrutinized of all time. The big lie, expression put forward by Donald Trump to explain his defeat,: A big lie! “,” Text “:” is just that: A big lie! “}}”>is just that: A big lie!, joked Joe Biden.

Advocacy for a coalition

He also called for the adoption of the broad electoral reform, which he sees as a national imperative and that the Senate relegated to oblivion last June. He lamented that Republican senators were opposed to the very opening of debates.

The Democratic bill, adopted by the House of Representatives last March along partisan lines, notably provides for widening the possibilities of registering on the electoral roll, forcing states to allow advance polls and for voting. demand more transparency on campaign funding.

Joe Biden also called for the creation of a new coalition made up of Americans from all walks of life and from all political parties. Activists, students, religious, labor and business leaders can help strengthen voter education and increase voter turnout, he maintained.

It is not the first time that Joe Biden has defended the right to vote since his inauguration, but civil rights groups and even some elected Democrats have so far criticized him for an overly timid approach.

If the plea pronounced on Tuesday was undoubtedly the most virulent, it nevertheless ignored a request of the most progressive: the elimination of the filibuster, a Senate rule imposing among other things a majority of 60 votes (out of a total of 100) rather than a simple majority for the holding of debates on a bill.

Such a solution – which would not be without risks for Democrats when they lose their tight control of the Senate – would, among other things, allow Democrats to debate electoral reform and then pass it by simple majority, without even support. of a single Republican.

Texas Arm Wrestling

Biden’s speech comes the day after some 50 elected Democrats in the Texas Legislature left for Washington, who have fled the state in an attempt to block passage of a bill which would have the effect of restricting the right to vote. Their departure deprived the House of the quorum necessary to hold the vote, which was expected over the next few days.

Criticizing the disruption of the legislative process, state governor Republican Greg Abbott threatened to have them arrested upon their return.

To justify their legislative initiatives, Republicans in several states, including Texas and Georgia, cite baseless allegations of massive electoral fraud hammered out by former President Donald Trump after the presidential election last November. He and his allies have yet suffered dozens of setbacks in court, including judges appointed by the former Republican president.

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