The Democrats are doing it again: they’re so busy fighting amongst themselves that the Republicans and the Trumpians can just sit back and laugh, knowing they’re going to win because the Democrats are their own worst enemy. How many of them are yelling at Senators Manchin and Sinema to change the filibuster rule in the Senate, instead of yelling at the Republicans and the Trumpians to protect voters’ rights? They’re just wrong. The reason the original filibuster existed—and the current horrible incarnation of it is in place—is to prevent the tyranny of the majority over the minority. Yes, of course, the majority should decide. But if the slimmest of majorities can stomp all over the largest of minorities, that’s not what we want either. And overturning the filibuster now will only result in even unhappier Democrats in the future, because the pendulum continues to swing, and there will be a time when the Democrats are a minority.
Every time there’s a political debate, it’s the same story: the Republicans yell at the Democrats, the Trumpians yell at the Democrats and threaten the Republicans, and the Democrats yell at… other Democrats. Just the latest instance of the gang who couldn’t shoot straight, DC edition. If they ever focus on those who are actually in the wrong on the issue, they might be able to accomplish great things.
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A bit of irony during the current battle over voting rights: the Republican and the Trumpian parties seem to be trying to limit the number of voters, while the Democratic party seems to be working to expand the number of voters. The two greatest expansions of the number of eligible voters in US history—the 15th Amendment in 1870 and the 19th Amendment in 1919—were followed by the Republican candidates winning three straight presidential elections (Grant in 1872, Hayes in 1876, Garfield in 1880; and Harding in 1920, Coolidge in 1924, and Hoover in 1928).
The 15th Amendment: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The 19th Amendment: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
And today I found this interesting article on the history of the filibuster, and how Senator Mondale thought modifying it was one of his greatest accomplishments. I was going to say “it’s interesting that the article keeps talking about SENATOR Mondale,” but then the end notes that he did become Vice President, but that this action of his in the Senate, he thought, was one of his most important contributions.