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Full transcript of President Biden’s speech on democracy

Yet now, extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections, but also current and future elections. The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party, which is a minority of this party, as I said earlier, but that is its driving force. He is trying to succeed where he failed in 2020, to take away voter rights and overthrow the electoral system itself. It means denying your right to vote and deciding whether your vote even counts.

Instead of waiting for an election to end, they start long before. They start now. They encouraged violence and intimidation of voters and election officials. It is estimated that there are more than 300 Holocaust deniers on the ballot across America this year. We cannot ignore the impact this has on our country. It’s damaging, it’s corrosive and it’s destructive.

And I want to be very clear, it’s not about me, it’s about all of us. It’s about what makes America America. It is about the sustainability of our democracy. Because democracies are more than a form of government. It’s a way of being, a way of seeing the world, a way of defining who we are, what we believe, why we do what we do. Democracy is simply fundamental.

We must, at this time, dig deep within ourselves and recognize that we can no longer take democracy for granted. With democracy on the ballot, we must remember these first principles. Democracy means the rule of the people, not the rule of monarchs or the rich, but the rule of the people.

Autocracy is the opposite of democracy. It means the rule of one, one person, one interest, one ideology, one party. To state the obvious, the lives of billions of people, from ancient times to the present day, have been shaped by the battle between these competing forces, between the aspirations of the many and the greed and power of the few. one, between the right of the people to self-determination, and the selfish autocrat, between the dreams of a democracy and the appetites of an autocracy.

What we do now is going to determine how long democracy lasts, and I think that’s the bigger question, whether the American system that values ​​the individual leans toward justice and depends on the rule of law, whether this system prevail. This is the fight we are fighting now, a fight for democracy, a fight for decency and dignity, a fight for prosperity and progress, a fight for the very soul of America.

Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us. We must not forget that democracy is a pact. We need to start looking out for each other again, seeing ourselves as the people, not as entrenched enemies. It is a choice we can make. Disunity and chaos are not inevitable. There has already been anger in America. There was a division before in America. But we never abandoned the American experience. And we can’t do that now.

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