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President Joe Biden has formally called for the elimination of the filibuster — a move that would grant just him and the Democrat Party extraordinary, unprecedented power — on the grounds that unless this power is granted to them, Republicans will turn America into an autocracy.
Cambridge Dictionary defines an autocracy as a “government by a single person or small group that has unlimited power or authority, or the power or authority of such a person or group.”
The president issued the call during a stunningly demagogic speech delivered Tuesday at the Atlanta University Center campus in Georgia.
The speech ostensibly concerned “voting rights,” or more specifically, a set of election reform measures passed by Republican governors throughout the country, including in Georgia, that Democrats have falsely claimed threaten “voting rights.”
The Democrat Party is seeking to roll back these reform measures through a federal bill, H.R. 1, that remains permanently stalled in the U.S. Senate because of the filibuster.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 24, 2021
According to legal scholar Jonathan Turley, H.R. 1, also known as the For The People Act, “would federally preempt the laws in dozens of states and declare that Congress, not state legislatures, will now dictate how people vote in states like Georgia.”
In other words, it would funnel what is currently distributed power to the president (“a single person”) and congressional Democrats (a “small group”).
Speaking in Atlanta, the president hysterically warned of the alleged consequences that await America if he doesn’t get his way. And to bolster his point, he pointed to the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“[T]he violent mob of January 6th, 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,” he said.
It was not in fact the first time that the losers of an election had sought to change reality through violence.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 25, 2017
The riots at Trump’s inauguration were deeply troubling, agreed. pic.twitter.com/Xni91Alolk
— Alex Berenson is Right (@bodogblog) January 6, 2022
“They failed, democracy’s victory was not certain, nor is democracy’s future. That’s why we’re here today to stand against the forces in America that value power over principle, forces that attempted a coup — a coup against the legally expressed will of the American people — by sowing doubt, inventing charges of fraud, and seeking to steal the 2020 election from the people,” the president continued.
The president then delivered a full-throated verbal rehash of the history of the Jim Crow as it pertains to the actual denial of voting rights, and claimed Republicans are seeking to revive this bygone era via “Jim Crow 2.0.” Leading Republicans, he added, is former President Donald Trump.
“Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion. … It’s not hyperbole; this is a fact. Look, this matters to all of us. The goal of the former president and his allies is to disenfranchise anyone who votes against them. Simple as that,” he said.
“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 must be vigilant.”
As he neared the end of the stunningly inflammatory speech, the president framed the passage of H.R. 1 as a battle between “democracy” and “autocracy.”
“The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation’s history. We will choose — the issue is: Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadows, justice over injustice?” he said.
“So, I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered? … Do you want to be 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?”
Some critics responded to the speech by taking note of the “conflict in … logic” repeatedly flaunted by the president.
“What is most striking is the inherent conflict in this logic. President Biden is going to a state where representatives passed voting rules as part of their democratic process. He is effectively saying that they must protect democracy from itself and support Washington dictating the rules in Georgia,” according to Turley.
But Fox News’ “Your World” fill-in host Charles Payne preferred a different set of words: “hypocrisy.”
“When he talked about the filibuster and its vicious, insidious nature and its racist history, well, as it turns out, from 2019 to 2020, Democrats used it 328 times, shattering a record. So, I mean, the hypocrisy is on full display there,” he said immediately following the speech.
Over on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” later that evening, Carlson picked up where Payne had left off.
“It’s worth remembering that the Democratic Party — Joe Biden’s party — invoked the filibuster more than 300 times recently. Oh, not during the civil rights movement. That was in 2020. Apparently, they sided with Bull Connor every time,” he said.
“So what’s different? Well, the threat of white terror, of course. Getting rid of voter ID laws is a matter of national security, Biden explained. Stand in the way and you may be a terrorist.”
Indeed, at one point in the speech, Biden had said, “I will not yield, I will not flinch, I will defend the right to vote our democracy against all enemies, foreign and, yes, domestic.”
In other words, anyone who opposes his agenda is a domestic terrorist. Carlson was amused at the irony.
“Enemies within our own country, we will kill them. It’s kind of amusing to see Joe Biden call other people extremists. The message: Give me total power over your life or else I know you’re a dangerous radical. It’s pretty funny, but it’s also not funny,” he said.
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