Political Rule Changes
An article caught my eye at Rolling Stone Magazine yesterday:
The Filibuster's Ugly History and Why it Must be Scrapped
Let me get this straight for my mental health. The president is a Democrat. Both houses of Congress are led by Democrats. One of the only tools at the disposal of the Republican Party to stop any type of legislation is the filibuster, and now it's time to scrap that too?
Rolling Stones' argument? Besides, "the filibuster is no cornerstone of senatorial greatness, it was an accident that spun out of control."
You know what this reminds me of? After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the internet was flooded with "Time to Ban the Electoral College" articles. Shortly after that was the stream of "Time to let 16 Year Olds Vote" articles.
In the 2020 election, the Electoral College PROTECTED the integrity of election for Joe Biden.
Also ushered in during the 2020 elections was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Listen, I'm not a fan of hers, but she was elected by her constituents in Georgia fair and square.
"But she's reprehensible and must removed from Congress" is your retort?
Guess what? Congress is filled with morons and reprobates. If you take someone off Team Red, then Team Red gets to take someone off of Team Blue.
How about Ilhan Omar?
How 'bout every 4 years the Republicans get to kick someone out of Congress and every 4 years the Democrats get to kick someone out of Congress. We'll alternate every 2 years, we'll make a Constitutional Amendment out of the idea.
But Ted Cruz went to Mexico during an Ice Storm, now it's time for him to resign?
How about Americans ratify term limits, instead of creating PR stunts at The Daily Beast?
Listen, the truth is getting murkier and murkier as the Red Team and the Blue Team dig in their heels. I went to a news source that I trust, reason.com, and wondered about the filibuster specifically:
The Filibuster is about Power, not about Anti-Racism. Yeah, that's what I thought.
Let's defund the Republican and Democratic Parties and have at it in the arena of ideas. You'd be surprised at how many elected officials would scramble to the middle.