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Biden tries to shame senators as a last resort

Thus, President Joe Biden was ashamed on Tuesday, thundering US senators that they would side with Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the expense of US President Abraham Lincoln if they did not vote to change the rules of the Senate. Biden asked bypassing systematic obstruction during a procedural vote by Next Monday to move towards a vote on a new national franchise standard.

American voters gave Biden the intimidation chair of the presidency, but they failed to give Democrats enough votes to end the filibustering in the Senate.

This is the context behind Biden’s speech in Atlanta on Tuesday, which was nominally about voting rights but in the president’s speech symbolizes much more. See his choice of words: “democracy over autocracy”, “light on shadows”, “justice over injustice”.
Some voting rights activists skipped the speech. Complaining that Biden should have done more to promote voting rights earlier in his presidency, a coalition of voting rights groups in Georgia boycotted the remarks. Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate there and a full-fledged voting force, cited scheduling conflicts.

The 50-50 Senate is nothing new. The math to change the obstruction, not possible since Biden took office, has not changed.

Although he has consistently highlighted voting rights as a key issue, Biden has mostly refrained from targeting senators, and Democrats have chosen to pursue a Covid-19 relief bill, a bipartisan infrastructure package. and a bill on social spending and climate change, currently stalled, before running for it.

A moment in history. It may have been the fourth in the line of priorities, but Biden introduced the upcoming Senate vote, which currently appears doomed, as a turning point in American history during his speech.

Without naming Democratic opponents of changing the Senate rules, like Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, or skeptics like Jon Tester from Montana or Chris Coons from Delaware, Biden has always said that every senator will be followed in the history books by this vote.

Shame may not work on Manchin. The Democrat who represents West Virginia, an otherwise Republican-controlled state, has already single-handedly blocked Biden’s social spending and climate change bill.

Manchin wants bipartisanship, even though Republicans have made it clear they are not interested in a voting rights bill that would thwart state laws to limit postal and postal voting.

Until then, the minority reigns. “We need the right rule changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it run better,” Manchin told reporters ahead of Biden’s speech.

Biden evolved on filibuster. He had previously opposed ending the custom of the Senate, which has been supercharged and armed in recent years to shut down most Senate business.

It was news that Biden now supports an end to the filibuster. Tell opponents of the end of the filibuster that they would side with Bull Connor – the notorious police chief of the apartheid era in Alabama – on Martin Luther King Jr. shows that Biden is on top now.

Shaming senators was new on Tuesday, but Biden tried to build his presidency around a light versus dark theme.

“I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” he said as he accepted the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.

Biden’s fear of seeing the United States shift to authoritarianism motivated his decision to come out of retirement and run for president, and it’s a frequent theme in his speeches.

He often used words similar to the ones he said on Tuesday.

“The goal of the former president and his allies is to deprive anyone who votes against them of the right to vote, it’s that simple,” Biden said, describing vote blocks passed in several states since his election. . “The facts won’t matter. Your vote won’t matter. They’ll just decide what they want and then do it. That’s the kind of power you see in totalitarian states, not in democracies. We have to be vigilant. “

In July, during a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden foreshadowed Tuesday’s speech when he said the world was wondering what America was going to do: “We have to ask: are you on the side? of the truth or the lie; facts or fiction; justice or injustice; democracy or autocracy?

During a speech in October at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, he also said that this effort for voting rights was a moment in history. “We are now facing an inflection point in the battle, literally, for the soul of America,” he said. “And it’s up to us, together, to choose who we want to be and what we want to be.”

Biden is not the only one who uses this type of language. Republicans, increasingly, are using the term “bossy” to describe mask and vaccine requirements to protect Americans from Covid-19.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate in 2024, used the term on Tuesday.

“Florida has become the way out for those who resent authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly endless mandates and restrictions,” DeSantis said in a state-of-state address.

This is another choice Americans can make. Is limiting access to voting authoritarian? Or do masks need to be in public places during the pandemic?