French L’Obs magazine said that US President Joe Biden came to power with Franklin Roosevelt’s ambitions to restore values and Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to defend minority rights and address racism, but he found himself unable to confront a paralyzed political system, which made some left-wing forces lose patience .
And the magazine explained in a report by its New York correspondent, Philip Polly Garcourt, that it is too early to say that Biden should abandon these ambitions after the defeat of electoral reform in the Senate, and endless negotiations with Republicans over the infrastructure program, but the second chapter of his presidency begins under thick dark clouds.
Such a situation was to be expected, at a time when the Democratic Party has the weakest majorities in Congress historically, and 50 out of 100 electors in the Senate, unlike in the days of Roosevelt (1933-1945) and Johnson (1963-1969).
However, at the beginning of his term, Biden was able to push a huge stimulus package to the economy using budget tricks in it – the reporter says – but things have been stuck since then, as if all the flaws of the American political system, such as the paralysis that provided fuel for the election of Donald Trump, had been suddenly appeared.
The magazine drew attention to the importance of the electoral reform law, which was voted on by the Senate on June 22, as it is very important in the face of the Republican attack in the states, noting that 18 states with a Republican majority have passed laws similar to “Jim Crow laws” since last January. That was in force in southern states until the 1960s with the aim of impeding the constitutional rights of African Americans and promoting racial segregation, affecting 36 million voters, and other states are considering similar laws.
However, the new federal election law that Democrats proposed on June 22 in the Senate has been a victim of stalling, by a measure that allows 41 senators to block any legal provision, which means that the vote of 50 representatives representing 43 million voters is enough to stop the opposition 41 A right-wing member represents only 21% of the general population, while it has the support of 68% of the population, according to a recent poll, according to the magazine.
Biden was – according to the reporter – aware of all this from the beginning, because he knows the secrets of the upper room like no other, and he would not have started a fight and he is sure that he has no chance to win it, but the problem this time is that it is a trivial deal between members of the House of Representatives. Senate, it would invalidate a series of state laws that would shuffle the cards in the mid-term elections of 2022 and the presidential election of 2024, and may bring American representative democracy to the point of no return after Trump undermined the integrity of the electoral system.
Although the Republicans were clear that they would systematically block all Biden’s initiatives, as their leader Mitch McConnell pledged, “I will devote 100% of my efforts to paralyzing this administration,” the House expert Biden chose to avoid McConnell’s opposition by playing the compromise card first with a few Republican senators, as evidenced by the infrastructure plan, reports the magazine.
And if the left is beginning to feel that Biden has fallen into the quagmire in which Obama got stuck and that paved the way for the defeat of the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, the progressives and others believe that Biden knows very well how to count the votes, and that he realizes that he is very popular, and that he must now use that and raise His voice because time is running out, according to the reporter.