This is a gimme. We cannot allow a minority Neo Nazi party to block all legislation that the controlling party wishes to promote. And that’s exactly what the Republicans will do.
Just as Mitch McConnell refused to allow any Democratic legislation to proceed to the floor while he was the leader of the Senate, McConnell will now use the filibuster to prohibit any and all advances proposed by the Democrats.
He will wreck the controlling party’s ability to do anything, and then come election time, he will criticize them for not being able to do anything, and the GOP will use that as a campaign strategy. And it will work. Because Republican voters are idiots.
This is a given. Don’t fall for it. Fuck ’em.
The Senate filibuster–a relic of the Jim Crow era–was invented roughly 150 years ago and primarily used to obstruct any civil-rights legislation. And it worked, blocking any meaningful headway from 1877 to 1964. That said, as a tool primarily used to protect right-wing racism, it’s rarely been used.
But with the Trump cult now in full control of the Republican Party, those days are over. You can bet money that the Republicans will effectively become the party of the filibuster, and will use it mercilessly and shamelessly to block almost any and all legislation proposed by the Democrats.
Mitch McConnel said, “No Republican has any trouble imagining the laundry list of socialist policies that 51 Senate Democrats would happily inflict on Middle America in a filibuster-free Senate.
“In this country, radical changes face a high bar by design. It is telling that today’s left-wing activists would rather lower that bar than produce ideas that can meet it.”
First off, one can clearly see his lack of honesty by labeling everything that the Democrats want to do as an act of radical socialism, especially when most of the Democrat’s proposals are popularly supported.
Secondly, Democrat legislation would, by design, help middle America, whereas Republican legislation only helps the rich.
Third, an appeal to compromise means nothing coming from a party that refuses to compromise on anything. Indeed, the Republican party is known to have blocked their own legislation once the Democrats agreed to support it.
We can’t play games with these assholes any more.
Year after year since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Republicans have been sliding down the slippery slope from reactionary conservatism to full-blown fascism, and with Trump’s storming of the capitol on January 6th, it’s safe to say that we’ve tapped rock bottom of that crevasse, and there isn’t a lot of room left for them to slide.
The Republicans aren’t on their way to becoming fascists: they’re finally there.
And the last thing in the world we should do is allow modern day American fascists to grind our government to a halt with an outdated tool first invented to protect racism.
The GOP stepped aside and watched Trump’s rioters attack our capitol on January 6th in an attempt to destroy our government from the outside in. There is nothing in the world to suggest that they wouldn’t try to do the same thing from the inside out.