“This battle is not over,” President Biden vowed at South Carolina State University.
He was not speaking about his Build Back Better bill, the $2 trillion spending measure that’s been blocked by Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who holds veto power over the president’s legislative agenda. Rather, Biden’s promise refers to two critical proposals that would restore and protect fundamental rights: to vote freely and to have your ballot counted fairly.
Build Back Better is a wish list of liberal aspirations, from expanding child tax credits to offering incentives for green energy options. None of those measures, however worthy, are absolutely essential to a healthy functioning democracy.
Protecting voting rights, however, is essential. Without fair elections, the whole system fails. As Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado told Dan Balz of the Washington Post: “Voter…