Biden’s Voting Rights Speech Was Basically Pointless.

All talk, no action.

Lauren Elizabeth

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I’m sure those of us who follow politics heard about or watched Joe Biden’s recent voting rights speech. An impassioned speech where the President declared that the GOP’s attack on voting rights was the “most significant threat to our democracy since the civil war”.

Except, of course, he conveniently failed to point out the tool that Democrats have at their disposal right now to stop it: nuking the filibuster so they can get the voting rights bill passed.

Frankly, it’s surreal to hear the President’s rhetoric on this issue, and juxtapose it with what he’s actually done, or pressured others in his party to do as its leader. Biden’s now literally given a televised address claiming these issues are a threat to democracy comparable to the civil war, but his position is still to keep the filibuster, knowing it’s what prevents the federal government and Democrats from intervening.

I just have to ask, how can anyone even take him seriously about the issue knowing this?

The thing that I and I’m sure many others find particularly aggravating is that Biden’s behavior is actually incredibly counterproductive. The vast, overwhelming majority of the country does not follow politics regularly. So what, exactly, are they going to think when they see that Biden’s actions are the antithesis of his actions? Why would people take the GOP’s threats to what’s left of our democracy seriously if the Democratic party can’t even do the bare minimum to stop it?

All talk, no action.

I’m not sure how else we can honestly sum up the Democratic party, and Biden continues to prove the point. Time and time again, Democrats — particularly at the federal level — continue to show us that they want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to be in power, without having to do anything for the people to get there. They want our votes, without having to actually earn them.

I’ve got the all too familiar sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that Biden’s completely essentially pointless speech is a preview of what’s to come in the campaign season. Even with unilateral control and the power to make changes in order to get things done with a simple majority…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx