Last Wednesday when President Biden was sworn into office On the same Capitol steps recently overrun by insurgents, the message to the nation was clear: democracy had been tested, and democracy had prevailed. National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman described the significance of the day: “We saw a force,” she said said“That would destroy our nation, instead of dividing it, it would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. Although democracy can be delayed at regular intervals, it can never be permanently defeated. ”
However, it would be a mistake to believe that the struggle to maintain and revive our flawed democracy was over on the day of inauguration. In fact, it has only just begun. The siege of the Capitol was just the youngest and most audacious instance of politicians who made efforts to delay democracy when it threatened its power – by suppress the voices of political opponents who give corporate finance an undue influence on the electorate and structuring congress so that preferred factions can hold onto the oversize of power. This trend is getting even more dangerous with the coronavirus pandemic made voting even more difficult and toxic lying electoral fraud has fueled further voting restrictions. In the words of Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), “This moment could be our last opportunity to sustain American democracy and prevent it from moving further into a state of chaos, dysfunction and billionaire-fueled minority rule slips. ”
Fortunately, the new Congress is already fighting to restore democracy. One of first bills before the new Senate – filed as P. 1 to reflect its importance – will be Senator Jeff Merkleys (D-Ore.) For the People Act. The action is the Senate counterpart to the House of Representatives For the People Act, a comprehensive bill led by Sarbanes and passed in 2019. Both versions of the law would implement automatic voter registration, expand voter registration on the same day, and initiate early voting nationwide. It is also waiting for a vote in the Senate John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement ActThis would restore parts of the voting law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. Together, these bills would do more to protect and expand suffrage than any since Great company.