(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Barack Obama, a former president of the United States, urged democracies worldwide to do more to stem the tide of authoritarianism and emphasized the need to confront “toxic” political speech that is eroding democratic communities and institutions.
Speaking on Friday at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in the Danish capital, Obama advised delegates that in an era of political unrest and impending global problems, they will “have to battle” for democracy.
Obama said at the event, overshadowed by discussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s future global role that we will have to nurture democracy. We will have to demonstrate its value again and again in improving the lives of regular people.
Obama stated that the conflict in Ukraine “weighs deeply on our hearts and minds.” The former president, who had earlier come under fire for his ineffective response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and incitement of uprising in the eastern Donbas region, praised the “heroic resistance” on exhibit in the nation.
He declared that they had banded together to safeguard their democratic identity and sovereignty. And a large portion of the world has united around the values of individual freedom and human dignity due to their activities.
Obama referred to the West’s response as “marks of optimism in the midst of misery,” highlighting, in particular, the sanctions campaign against Moscow, the upcoming enlargement of NATO, and the acceptance of millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Obama said to make no mistake; this fight is far from over. The prices will keep rising, and it’s difficult to foresee how things will pan out. And until this war is resolved, our support for Ukraine must be unwavering and continuous.
While American lawmakers opened the committee’s public hearings looking into the events of January 6, 2022, Obama spoke at the fifth session of the Copenhagen summit.
Obama stated that the organizations responsible for the mob violence at our Capitol are still spreading false information and conspiracies within his own country. He said how we react is the question for those who fervently uphold democratic ideals.
He said that recent events ought to shock us out of our complacency, if nothing else.
Obama said that the world’s democracies must be more proactive and more honest about their shortcomings if they stand a chance against the authoritarian currents emerging worldwide.
He then collected his speaking fee and left.