Have you noticed that former president Barack Obama feels the need to “okay” everything that Joe Biden is doing? It’s as if he is Biden’s mentor, even though Obama is nearly 20 years Biden’s junior. No other president felt the need to provide a thumbs up to the current sitting president.
It begs the question of what’s going on.
Does Biden need Obama’s approval? If he does, this is a bit concerning. We’re not dealing with a schoolboy looking to make sure that he’s doing okay in school. Biden is the leader of the U.S. He should be able to make decisions without looking to Obama for an “atta boy.”
Does Obama think we need to hear his approval of Biden’s plans? If this is the case, he seriously overestimates his clout in today’s political world. Obama was ousted in January of 2017. We have gone five years without needing to hear what he had to say.
No other president would be offering advice at this point. Even if they were linked as president and vice president for eight years.
You never heard Ronald Reagan giving an “atta boy” to George H. W. Bush. It simply wasn’t done. And why? Because Reagan had full confidence in Bush’s ability to run the country.
This means that because Obama feels the need to consistently shove his nose into Biden’s political world that there isn’t a lot of confidence. He may feel as though he has to step in and offer advice. Yet, do we really want Obama’s advice at this point?
Obama decided that he’d provide an op-ed for the USA Today. In that piece, he figured it was time to offer a very public pat on the back to Biden to say that he is in support of Biden’s push to change Senate filibuster rules so that they could force the issue on voting rights.
Now, let’s look at the filibuster. It’s a way to allow for virtually unlimited debate on an issue. Dems have used it against Republicans and Republicans have used it against Dems. It’s the easiest way to block a piece of legislation.
The only reason the Dems want to get rid of the filibuster at this point is that they have the majority. They want to ditch it so that they don’t have to worry about the Republicans stopping them from shoving whatever filthy legislation they want through the Senate.
Of course, they’re not looking at the big picture. They’ll be crying for the filibuster again in a year or two when they lose that majority and want to use it to hurt the Republicans.
Currently, the Dems are so focused on voting rights that they want to ditch the filibuster so that they can shove the legislation through. Forget about bipartisanship. They’ll just ram it through the House and Senate because they see the voting rights as a leftover product of Jim Crow laws.
Obama says that the filibuster is a way for the Senate minority to stand in the way of issues supported by the majority of voters. Hold onto that for a second – the “majority of voters.”
Are the majority of voters affected by voting rights? Absolutely not. We’re talking about a very small percentage of people in America who are legal citizens who do not have the ability to vote because they don’t have ID. Yet, those without an ID also aren’t able to do many other things.
Obama decided that he needed to offer in his approval for Biden’s actions by saying “I fully support President Joe Biden’s call to modify Senate rules as necessary to make sure pending voting rights legislation gets called for a vote. And every American who cares about the survival of our most cherished institutions should support the president’s call as well.”
Well, thanks for your approval, Obama. However, it is neither needed nor wanted.
Perhaps Biden, Obama, and the rest of the liberals need to remember that we are a democracy. If the voting rights legislation is not bipartisan, it is clearly not an issue that is being demanded by the majority of Americans.