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Save the Filibuster – And More

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Americans must prevail on those in the Senate to live up to their oath, protect the integrity of our process, preserve the filibuster, leave states’ rights alone, and stop edging toward court-packing.

Killing the Senate’s filibuster “just once” – ending century-old protection against single-party dominance – is like saying you are just “a little pregnant.”  If you are, you are. If you kill the filibuster, it is over, deed is done, socialists win. That is why Americans must protect the filibuster.

Senate Democrats – urged by Biden – want to push the Socialist “Build Back Better” debacle, an unaffordable, unsupportable concentration of power, by 51 votes. Two Democratic Senators are stopping that perversion of power. 

To their credit, Senators Joe Manchin (-WVA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are standing strong, despite personal attacks, political vilification, physical threats, homes surrounded, being tailed into toilets, and Democrat-driven harassment. They are proving integrity lives with courage.

Meantime, Senate and House Democrat leaders are turning up the heat on those two, plus all Republicans and most of the country, which disfavors abandoning this historic procedure. 

By holding onto this parliamentary tool, requiring a cloture vote of 60 for big legislation, Manchin, Sinema, and Senate Republicans honor our past and assure we are a nation of laws.

Every attempt to intimidate, corner, coerce, and get these two Democrats to cave, has been met with stronger attestations to their integrity, respect for the law, unwillingness to be coerced. 

Early 2022 will be the major test. Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and his partisan leadership team, have made clear that they aim to win, beat the holdouts, end the filibuster, and grab the power.

Schumer has indicated that even if not used for “Build Back Better,” he will try to end it to stack “voting rights” legislation, put a federal end to things like voter identification, then push mail-in ballots, with online, underage, felon registration, usurping states’ rights over electoral integrity.

Average Americans, especially those who prize process, stability, order, tradition, and predictability in legislative and electoral priority setting, should be siding with the Democrat holdouts and Republicans who – in past cycles – could have ended the filibuster but did not.

Just as Democrats talk of “packing” the Supreme Court with partisans to twist the judicial process for political ends, like holding onto a fiction that abortion is in the Constitution and Second Amendment rights are not, they threaten the filibusters process.

The truth is that democracy – making laws in a republic – is messy. What keeps the mess from getting out of control, turning into betrayal of public trust, violence, socialist, anti-constitutional mayhem, is a degree of reverence for due process, history’s lessons, and existing procedures.

Americans must prevail on those in the Senate to live up to their oath, protect the integrity of our process, preserve the filibuster, leave states’ rights alone, and stop edging toward court-packing.

If pressure on the two courageous holdout senators continues, complete with behind-the-scenes coercion, maybe it is time for the Republican leadership to offer both committee leadership posts, no preconditions, if they want to switch parties. That would save the filibuster, slow the run-a-muck train, and change Senate dynamics in a breathtaking way. Maybe it is time.


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HocasPocas
4 months ago

Maybe it’s time we get rid of the current government and get one that works for the people and the constitution

Art
4 months ago

END THE FILIBUSTER AND THEN WHAT? ALL OF THE DOMINOES WILL FALL. IF THE LEFT/PROGRESSIVE/SOCIALISTS WANT THIS TO FULFILL THEIR WILDEST DREAMS, THEN BE PREPARED FOR THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. IF YOU WANT THIS TO APPLY NOW WHILE YOU HAVE SOME LEVERAGE,WHAT HAPPENS IF THE OTHER GUYS BECOME THE MAJORITY? THINK ABOUT IT CHUCKIE!

Larry W.
4 months ago

The democratic party turning on Manchin and Sinema just another example of their party’s mob mentality. If you don’t get their way then attack whoever won’t agree with them.. No compromise , no respect, no tradition, no integrity, no conscience, just attack and destroy.

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Larry W.

A January 6th “mob mentality” reference ? Hilarious.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago

So far, so good on Manchin and Sinema. Hope they can hold out against the threats of the domestic terrorists of Antifa and BLM who are the “soldiers” of DIMM leadership.

Jerry
4 months ago

Romney and Chaney will probably vote with the DemonRats

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

No worries on Cheney. She is not a senator.

Pops
4 months ago

“…democracy—making laws in a republic…” Huh?

Patriot Bill
4 months ago

We are now a hairs width away from a one party state and communistic rule.

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Bill

Novembers 2022 and 2024 are coming. Then we will be the one party.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Bill

When you listen to SMALLwell, who literally was in bed with a Communist, just reverse what he says. If DIMMs win the ’22 election, it will be the end of democracy (even though we are a REPUBLIC) in America!

Rudder
4 months ago

But, can conservatives count on Sen. Romny, Murchowski, and the other Rinos to refrain from voting with the Demo-Rats to abolish the filibuster?

Dan W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Rudder

Probably.

The RINOs would likely vote to keep the status quo. And there could be other Dems who can see past the next 12 months who would also vote to keep the status quo.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

I think that Manchin is running interference for at least a few other DIMMs. He takes the arrows and they stay silent.

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago
Reply to  Rudder

Very good question! If Romney wants to be elected to ANY office in the future, he will oppose the dictatorial DIMMs. Murkowski is “entitled” to her seat: typical SWAMPer!

Art
4 months ago

Mittens Romney has not improved his status since he was our governor in MASSACHUSETTS. He was useless then and still is. He is ALL HAT and NO COWBOY.
His high water mark was the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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