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There’s no better time to talk politics than at funerals, right? At least that’s what the Democrats seem to think. See the Paul Wellstone memorial if you need proof.
Breitbart is reporting that former President Barack Obama took the occasion of John Lewis’ funeral to call for the end of the filibuster.
Obama said that Republicans had imitated Jim Crow-era restrictions on voting rights, which Lewis marched against, by passing state voter ID laws and other measures that conservatives argue prevent voter fraud.
He urged Congress to pass a new version of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” Obama said, to applause.
Democrats have pushed for a new version of the law, after the Supreme Court invalidated part of it in 2013, saying that it was outdated.
The new version of the law, which has been renamed for Lewis, would restore federal supervision of state efforts to pass new election reforms.
Obama said Democrats should go beyond that legislation and also enact laws making voter registration automatic, granting the vote to ex-convicts, and making Election Day a national holiday, among other changes.
“And if all this takes is ending the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do.”
Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Obama likened the president to segregationist Democrat Gov. George Wallace of Alabama, and compared federal law enforcement officers to the police who beat civil rights marchers across the South.
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He accused the government of “sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”
Remember when former presidents used to just ride off into the sunset and SHUT THE HELL UP about political matters? Gosh, do I long for those days of yore.
Obama perpetuated the LIE that the government is using federal agents against “peaceful” demonstrators and essentially compared President Trump to George Wallace. Watch, and try not to throw up. As a side note to the actual content of Obama’s speech, it’s so gross when politicians change the way they speak for different audiences.
“John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth to fighting the very attacks on democracy, and what's best in America, that we're seeing circulate right now,” former President Obama said during his eulogy of Rep. John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta https://t.co/yLzj9xb8FJ pic.twitter.com/cEQLpvaWWg
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2020
Of course, Democrats will only support a change in the filibuster rule if they take control of the Senate. How much you want to bet the Dems will change their tune if Republicans hold the Senate? They must be feeling very confident in their chances this November.
Senator Chris Coons has done a 180 on his filibuster position. Just 3 years ago, 61 senators signed a letter urging the preservation of the filibuster. One of those senators was Chris Coons.
“We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate,” said the letter that was spearheaded by GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.
Fast forward to 2020. Coons no longer feels so passionately about the filibuster.
Coons, a top Biden ally and one of his early campaign surrogates on Capitol Hill, told Politico in an interview: “I will not stand idly by for four years and watch the Biden administration’s initiatives blocked at every turn.”
Coons said he would “try really hard to find a path forward that doesn’t require removing what’s left of the structural guardrails” but also warned a Biden administration would be “inheriting a mess” that would require “urgent and effective action.”
In the end, Obama chose a small and petty way to honor a great man. Utterly classless.
He should follow his wife’s advice about mythical Democrat behavior.