‘Foundation stone of political change’ | Opinion
Over the past year, still building on the big lie that has been simmering for 14 months now, hundreds of restrictive voting bills have been sponsored nationwide, leading to 34 laws. in 19 states, which made it harder for people to vote.
Officials of all political persuasions have said the 2020 presidential election is among the most secure in US history. Dozens of official counts and audits – most legally required under current election laws – and a few more added at the cost of millions to taxpayers, have proven that the numbers still add up.
Instead of finding ways to attract more voters, Republicans across the United States – including some in Pennsylvania – continue to contest the 2020 presidential election – never theirs, for that matter – and work on laws to limit voters’ voting choices.
“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by human beings to break down injustice and destroy the terrible walls that imprison people because they are different from others,” President Lyndon Johnson said at the signing. of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The current legislation stalled in Washington is designed to restore and even strengthen previous election laws. Many of them, from early voting to increasing mail-in voting, have been successful in getting more people to vote.
This is a good thing. More votes mean more participation, which translates to more Americans having a stronger voice on the local school board or in a municipal building, in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.
President Joe Biden did no one a favor last week, traveling to Georgia to stir up division after promising to unite the nation during his inauguration. We understand he’s “tired of being silent,” but he’s built his career on compromise and consensus-building for decades in the Senate.
He hasn’t been able to do it yet and he’s getting more and more frustrated.
When it comes to voter rights, political affiliation should not matter.
As with everything today, this is unfortunately the case. Right now, the president can’t get everyone in his own party to support the legislation. And the fact is that no Republican in Washington has rallied to support the changes.
It’s disappointing but not surprising. It’s not about changing or moving forward, it’s about gaining and retaining power at all costs.
“Voting is the cornerstone of political action,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom we remember this week.
At a Monday rally in Washington, King’s son, Martin Luther King III, pleaded with Democrats to pass voting rights legislation.
“You succeeded with the infrastructure, which was a good thing,” King told a crowd of hundreds, “but we need you to use that same energy to ensure that all Americans have the right to vote without hindrance.”
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