Muslims, Sikhs, and others feel suspicious of the way they worship Obama


For generations, Sikhs, Muslims and other communities have felt suspicious of their religion, former US President Barack Obama said as he urged Americans to vote to overthrow Donald Trump.

“The American public shouldn’t let him and his administration rob you of your power. Don’t let them rob you of your democracy,” Obama said.

“What we do resonates across generations. No matter where we come from, we are all children of Americans who have fought the good fight. Great-grandparents working in fire traps and rightsless sweatshops neither representation, ”Obama said in his remarks to the National Democratic 2020 Congress on Wednesday.

“… Irish, Italians, Asians and Latinos said to go back to where they came from. Jews and Catholics, Muslims and Sikhs felt suspicious of the way they worshiped. Black Americans Chained, Whipped, and Hanged. sit at the lunch counters. Beaten for trying to vote, Obama said.

Obama has long said that Americans in these communities are the victims of a democracy that has failed all of their lives.

They knew how far America’s everyday reality was from myth. And yet instead of giving up, they got together and said somehow, we’re going to make it work. We will bring those words to life, in our founding documents, he said.

Obama said that “this president and those in power, who gain by keeping things as they are, are relying on your cynicism. They know they can’t convince you with their policy. possible for you to vote, and convince yourself that your vote does not matter. “

This is how they win. This is how they can continue to make decisions that affect your life and the lives of those you love. This is how the economy will continue to be skewed in favor of the rich and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people slip through the cracks. This is how a democracy withers until it is no longer democratic at all.

Urging Americans to vote in the November election, Obama said, “Make a plan now on how you are going to get involved and vote. Do it as soon as you can and tell your family and friends how they can vote too.

Do what Americans have done for more than two centuries when faced with times even tougher than these, all those quiet heroes who have found the courage to keep on walking, keep pushing in the face of hardships and challenges. injustice.

Telling the American public that he can give the nation’s democracy a new meaning and bring it to a better place, Obama said the Trump administration has shown it will destroy our democracy if that’s what it is. ‘it takes to win.

We must therefore work to build it by devoting all our efforts to these 76 days, and by voting like never before for Joe and Kamala, and candidates from top to bottom, in order to leave no doubt about what we love about this country. . represents today and for all our days to come.

Obama stressed that the only constitutional office elected by all people is the presidency, and therefore the nation should expect a president to feel responsible for the safety and well-being of all 330 million among us, no matter what we look like, how we worship, who we love, how much money we have or who we voted for.

He said Joe Biden and Kamala Harris understand that in this democracy the Commander-in-Chief does not use the men and women of the US military, who are willing to risk anything to protect the nation, as political props to deploy. against peaceful protesters on our own soil.

They understand that political opponents are not anti-American just because they don’t agree with you; that a free press is not the enemy but the way we hold public officials accountable; that our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic depends on being faithful to facts, science and logic and not just making things up.

None of this should be controversial. These should not be Republican principles or Democratic principles. These are American principles. But right now, this president and those who allow it, have shown that they don’t believe in these things.

Obama has said he is calling on all Americans to believe in Biden and Harris’ ability to pull America out of these dark times and to rebuild it better. He stressed that no American alone can fix the country.

Not even a president. Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. It requires active and informed citizenship. I therefore also ask you to believe in your own ability to assume your own responsibility as citizens in order to guarantee the sustainability of the fundamental principles of our democracy.

Because that’s what’s at stake right now. Our democracy, he said.

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