By Donald Jeffries
Joe Biden recently gave one of his more remarkably angry and unhinged speeches. Referencing the Jan. 6 protests, Biden declared;
Last week, [Vice] President Harris and I stood in the United States Capitol to observe one of those “before and after” moments in American history: Jan. 6 insurrection on the citadel of our democracy. Today, we come to Atlanta—the cradle of civil rights—to make clear what must come after that dreadful day when a dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.
Going all in on the 1960s Civil Rights analogies and references, Biden mentioned Martin Luther King, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the late Congressman John Lewis, who was “beaten and bloodied while crossing the bridge at Selma named after the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Switching to another of his favorite subjects, Biden declared:
But then the violent mob of Jan. 6, 2021, empowered and encouraged by a defeated former president, sought to win through violence what he had lost at the ballot box, to impose the will of the mob, to overturn a free and fair election, and, for the first time—the first time in American history, they—to stop the peaceful transfer of power.
Biden talks about Jim Crow quite a bit, and noted:
Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion. It’s no longer about who gets to vote; it’s about making it harder to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.
The Freedom to Vote Act revolves around eliminating voter ID requirements which, of course, are the basis for any honest electoral system. Without any ID, the dead can freely vote, and the old Tammany Hall admonition to “vote early and often” becomes enshrined into law. Drawing the most ludicrous and incendiary comparisons imaginable, Biden angrily exclaimed:
Do you want to be the side . . . on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?
At the same time, Biden and other leading Democrats called for an end to the filibuster, with Biden declaring, “Pass it now. I am tired of being quiet.” Those who have watched director Frank Capra’s timeless film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington understand how ingrained the concept of one lone maverick stopping corrupt legislation is. How could that film ever be watched again if the populist message is destroyed by “woke” authoritarians trying to ram through a politicized agenda?
Despite emotionally driving forward with such a radical, unconstitutional proposal, it wasn’t good enough for a coalition of voting rights activists and civil rights leaders who boycotted Biden’s speech because of the “half-measures” he was proposing. “Take voting rights seriously,” said James Woodall, former president of the Georgia NAACP. “We’re asking for him to take this seriously and to outline an actual plan. They should be in D.C. taking a vote on this today.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp reacted to Biden’s speech by saying:
Ignoring facts and evidence, this administration has lied about Georgia’s Election Integrity Act from the very beginning in an effort to distract from their many failures and rally their base around a federal takeover of elections. But make no mistake, we will not back down. The Election Integrity Act makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat with common-sense reforms.
But Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Stacey Abrams have never let the truth get in the way of forcing their radical agenda on Georgians and Americans.
In the words of Tom Jipping of the Heritage Foundation:
Democrats want to, as Senate Rule 22 says, “invoke cloture,” which literally means to stop debate. They fear that debating this unconstitutional legislation will reveal what it is—a federal power grab. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in 2005, when some Republicans were talking about getting rid of extended debate, that it “often makes better legislation.”
Democrats don’t want better legislation, they want their own legislation without any input, consensus, or compromise. And it won’t be limited to a couple of voting bills. When he was a senator, Biden said in that 2005 debate that taking this step will mean that any “temporary majority” will change whatever rules seem inconvenient to get what they want. This will “eviscerate” the Senate and, Schumer said, turn it into a “legislative wasteland.”
\By utilizing the apparently immortal race card, Democrats have turned voter fraud into a “racist” attempt to deny black people from voting. Since no changes were implemented to the mail-in ballot process, which lay at the heart of 2020’s contested results, the system remains utterly corrupt.