Optimism Reigns with New Administration
In his Inaugural Address, President Biden called for unity. I am not optimistic that we shall get there any time soon. There are still Republicans, including members of Congress, who perpetuate the lies that divide us. As President Biden said, “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies....” But there still is a problem. Even now there are too many Republicans in Congress who resist. They do not seem to care about financially helping the marginalized among us, eliminating systematic racism, addressing our climate crisis, or rebuilding our shrinking middle class. No, they are still more interested in padding their wallets and making the wealthiest among us even richer. And, they appear to be opposed to legislation drafted to strengthen our fragile democracy. For example, they stand in opposition to H.R. 1., the For the People Act of 2021. H.R. 1 is a bill that would expand our access to the ballot box with automatic voter registration as well as requiring that states provide two weeks of early voting and equitable geographic distribution of early voting sites. The bill would also reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for the three branches of government. If Republicans want to make voting easier for everyone and reduce the big money in politics, they should support H.R. 1.