In an op-ed published in USA Today on Thursday, former President Barack Obama urged Democrat Senators to make changes to the filibuster rule so that the upper chamber can pass stalled voting rights legislation.
The legislation, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, passed the House last summer but has failed to pass in the Senate, where Democrats have a slim one-vote majority.
“In recent years, the filibuster became a routine way for the Senate minority to to block important progress on issues supported by the majority of voters,” the radical ex-President wrote. “But we can’t allow it to be used to block efforts to protect our democracy.”
Obama complained in his op-ed that lawmakers in 49 states have introduced more than 400 bills “designed to suppress votes.”
“These partisan attempts at voter nullification are unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times, and they represent a profound threat to the basic democratic principle that all votes should be counted fairly and objectively,” he wrote. “The good news is that the majority of American voters are resistant to this slow unraveling of basic democratic institutions and electoral mechanisms. But their elected representatives have a sacred obligation to push back as well – and now is the time to do it.”
As we’ve noted innumerable times here at Discover the Networks, the voter integrity legislation not only does not suppress votes, it expands voting rights. The only thing these laws are designed to suppress is voter fraud, and that’s why Democrats like Obama have been working so hard to demonize the legislation and their lawmakers as racist — because the Democrat Party knows it cannot win presidential elections anymore without widespread voter fraud.
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Obama on America’s “Fever of Racism”
In a November 2020 interview, National Public Radio host Michel Martin asked Obama to speak about the “fever of racism” that allegedly plagued the United States. “That fever, as you said, that’s been a defining feature of a lot of our life,” Obama replied, adding that many American racists had resented his presidency simply because he was the first black man to hold that office:
“I think that what did happen during my presidency was yes, a backlash among some people who felt that somehow, I symbolized the possibility that they or their group were losing status not because of anything I did, but just by virtue of the fact that I didn’t look like all the other presidents previously…. It would surprise me if you didn’t have a big cross-section of the country that was still carrying around a bunch of baggage and still a little disturbed by the advances that African Americans had made. It would surprise me if changing demographics and the growing Latino population didn’t scare a certain segment of this population, just because I know enough about American history to know that that’s always been a fault line in American history.”
In the same interview, Obama lauded the nationwide protests and riots sparked by the May 25, 2020 incident in which George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, had died shortly after a physical encounter with a white police officer in Minneapolis. Lamenting America’s intransigent “systemic injustices” in “inequities,” Obama said: “I think what happened this summer with George Floyd was so important, where you saw at least some shift in the general population in recognizing that there’s real racial bias in how our criminal laws are applied and how policing operates in this country.”
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