former US president Barack Obama Wrote an Op-ed while advocating for the protection of voting rights for Americans Wednesday in USA TODAY.
“When I spoke at John Lewis’ memorial service two years ago, I emphasized the truth that John knew better than anyone. Our democracy is not a given. It is not self-performing. Us, As citizens, it has to be nurtured and enforced. We have to work on that. And in that task, we have to vigilantly preserve and protect our most basic tool of self-government, which is the right to vote,” Obama wrote.
To help protect Americans’ voting rights, Obama is urging the US Senate to end its filibuster rule, which allows 41 senators to block the law from voting. Obama says the Senate’s role in protecting voters through the Voting Rights Act is coming in the way.
“That’s why I fully support President Joe Biden’s call to revise Senate rules to ensure that the pending voting rights legislation is called to a vote. And every American who is concerned about the existence of our most prestigious institutions.” cares, he should also support the president’s call,” Obama continued.
The former president cited restrictive voting measures in recent years to make it harder for people to vote.
“The goal of others is to make some polling places behave differently, creating one set of rules for voters living in cities and another set for more conservative, people living in rural areas,” Obama explained.
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Despite a record-high turnout rate in the 2020 presidential election, Obama says he was disappointed by then-President Donald Trump’s attempts to circumvent the election’s results.
“While the American People Came Out” vote at the highest rate A century into the last presidential election, members of one of our two major political parties – inspired by the then-president – denied the results of that election and debunked conspiracy theories that may have led to an attack on our Capitol. incited a violent mob.
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Obama’s excerpt comes after President Joe Biden gave an emotional speech calling for voting-rights legislation to be passed to “protect our democracy.”
Some members of the Democratic Party, especially those in the Senate, are not as supportive when it comes to changing filibuster rules. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona have both indicated a misunderstanding about Chambers’ changing filibuster rules.