Biden’s disgraceful lies on filibuster, Dems’ power grab over US voting laws



In a disgraceful performance Tuesday, President Joe Biden went down to Georgia on Tuesday to offer a disgraceful pack of lies about the filibuster and Democrats’ so-called “voting rights” bills.

The filibuster rules basically let 41 senators block most legislation. Perhaps Biden’s most clever fib was claiming he only wants a one-time exception to the rule for the bills, which aim to (unconstitutionally) change voting rules.

That’s utter bull: Once Democrats carve out an exception for something they claim is of utmost importance, they’ll do it again for another “necessary” law, and Republicans will proceed to do the same for their top priority — say, a bill to federalize abortion law.

What could be more important than protecting life? they’d ask: It’s right at the start of the Declaration of Independence!

The whole point of the filibuster is to prevent temporary, thin congressional majorities (and they don’t get much thinner than what Dems have right now) from ramming through laws that don’t have serious, long-lasting public support.

And the general public isn’t remotely clamoring for these bills; only lefty Democrats insist on them. Yet to appease the left, Biden feels compelled to push for killing the filibuster — something he defended throughout his own Senate career: As recently as 2005, he praised the filibuster as being about “compromise and moderation” and denounced GOP efforts to force an “exception” as a “power grab by the majority party.”

This, even though the votes to actually end-run the filibuster aren’t even there, since Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) publicly oppose the rules “exception.”

Not that Biden’s whoppers ended there. He utterly mischaracterized the recent GOP-led changes to state voting laws as “Jim Crow 2.0,” when none of them make those states’ rules more restrictive than the laws in his own Delaware or ultra-blue New York.

By and large, these laws simply roll back some of the “everything goes” election rules adopted in 2020 to ease voting amid the pandemic.

Yet the prez painted the contrast as good vs. evil: “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] 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?”

He’s shameless. Heck, he even repeated his (utterly debunked) claim to have been arrested as a young man while protesting for civil rights.

The nation has real needs right now, from Omicron to still-messed up supply chains to soaring inflation and millions who haven’t gotten jobs after losing them amid the pandemic. An honest president would focus on that, rather than pitching divisive falsehoods to serve the desires of one faction of his party.



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