The former president made it very clear how important it is for Americans to go vote in the midterms. Barack Obama delivered a very passionate speech meant to remind the citizens that they need to defend and protect Democracy and that voting is a big part of what they can actively do to achieve that.
Today, Obama was at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where he received an award for ethics in government and criticized the current president, Donald Trump in his speech.
One thing, in particular, was on his mind – why exactly is it this difficult for the current administration to say that Nazis are bad?
‘We have the chance … to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. People are tired of corruption. Because there’s actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that is you — you and your vote. You need to vote because our whole democracy depends on it … The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference.’
“We have the chance … to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics,” says former President Obama.
“Because there is actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that’s you — you and your vote.” pic.twitter.com/NNky9wtGmw
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 7, 2018
In fact, the previous POTUS went ahead and used Trump’s name in the speech, something he’s never done before after his time in the White House was over.
He also made it very clear that anger and discontent in politics haven’t started with Trump but said that he used it to his own advantage very well.
‘It did not start with Donald Trump, he’s a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that’s rooted in our past but also born of the tremendous upheavals that have taken place.’
As for voting, Obama criticized the fact that people usually vote for their favorite party instead of for the country.
‘It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say we don’t target groups of people on how they look like. We are supposed to stand up to bullies not follow them. How hard can it be to say that Nazis are bad?’