Biden: US Is Among Half Of Democracies Where Democracy Is On The Decline

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers opening remarks for the virtual Summit for Democracy in the South Court Auditorium on December 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. According to the State Depart... WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers opening remarks for the virtual Summit for Democracy in the South Court Auditorium on December 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. According to the State Department, the summit will bring together 100 leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to "set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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President Biden warned that democracy in the U.S. is in a state of decline in remarks at the Summit For Democracy on Thursday.

The President began his remarks by making clear that democracy in the U.S. “requires a constant effort.”

“American democracy is an ongoing struggle to live up to our highest ideals and to heal our divisions; to recommit ourselves to the founding idea of our nation captured in our Declaration of Independence, not unlike many of your documents,” Biden told an assembled group of world leaders.

After saying that democracy doesn’t “happen by accident” but needs to be “renewed” with each generation, Biden pointed to a recent report from the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance that found that more than half of all democracies have experienced a decline in at least one aspect of their democracy over the last 10 years, a group that includes the U.S.

The President then nodded to late Rep. John Lewis’ (D-GA) championing of voting rights, before going on to urge the passage of both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — both of which Senate Republicans have blocked.

“We should be making it easy for people to vote, not harder,” Biden said. “And that’s going to remain a priority for my administration until we get it done. Inaction is not an option.”

The Biden administration has been criticized by voting rights groups for not pushing harder to find a way in which voting rights legislation can circumvent the filibuster.

In stressing his administration’s priority to make it easier for Americans to register to vote, the President pointed to actions the executive branch has taken, including the Justice Department’s expansion of its voting rights unit. The DOJ is doubling the number of attorneys defending and enforcing voting rights laws, the President said.

The President’s remarks come almost a year after the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6 on the day of the joint session of Congress certifying Biden’s electoral victory. Former President Trump and his allies have since continued to push the Big Lie of a “stolen” 2020 presidential election, with the former president vowing the endorsement of challengers against GOP lawmakers who refused to play along with his election fraud falsehoods.

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  1. Hell no, We’re #1!

  2. Publicly acknowledging that democracy itself is under assault by domestic foes is a not-bad POTUS first step–even if it’s dreadfully late.

  3. Avatar for dont dont says:

    Our declining democracy is 100% to product of republican policy, activities and obstruction.

  4. It’s about time. The POTUS should acknowledge that our democracy is in trouble, and the reason is the GOP no longer believes in democracy, at all. Put them on the spot for NOT supporting expanded voting rights and free and fair elections. Put them on the spot for spouting constant nonsense about voter fraud that doesn’t exist and make clear their real motivation is to stifle the ability of Americans of diverse ethnic descent from full participation as American citizens. Make it obvious that the GOP does NOT support the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which belatedly guaranteed “Equal Justice Under the Law”. The truth hurts, but it must be said.

  5. OT but related.

    Alan Abramowitz lays it out. Getting out the Democratic vote is key. Lazy, diffident Dem voters are a real problem. Attempting to convert GOP voters is probably not a good strategy.

    The reasons for the Republican tilt of the 2021 Virginia electorate are clear in Table 1, which compares the demographic characteristics and candidate preferences of the 2020 and 2021 Virginia electorates based on exit poll data from the two elections. The data in this table show that the 2021 Virginia electorate was substantially older, Whiter, and more rural than the 2020 Virginia electorate. The most dramatic difference between the 2020 and 2021 electorates involved their age distribution. Not only were the 2021 voters considerably older, but those young voters who did turn out in 2021 were far more Republican in their preferences than the much larger group that turned out in 2020.

    The data in Table 1 show that the 2021 electorate was also considerably Whiter than the 2020 electorate. In addition, White voters who turned out in 2021 were considerably more Republican than those who turned out for the presidential election. There is less evidence here of any swing toward Republicans among nonwhites although the results for Latinos and Asians should be viewed with considerable caution due to the relatively small numbers of Latino and Asian respondents in these surveys.

    These results suggest that the results of the 2022 midterm elections will depend primarily on the ability of Republican and Democratic candidates to mobilize their own party’s supporters more than their ability to convert supporters of the opposing party.

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