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Save the Legislative Filibuster

filibusterA freight train is a blessing, but if a train’s brakes are removed, it becomes a runway hazard. The US Senate’s “legislative filibuster” is a blessing, but without the filibuster – which brakes bill passage without a debate-ending 60 votes (that is, cloture) – the Senate becomes a runaway train.

The “world’s greatest deliberative body” would quickly go off the rails.

News flash:  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) refuses to promise Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – both having 50 votes, Democrat Vice President a tiebreaker – that he will keep the filibuster and cloture.  He will not promise brakes. This is ominous.  See, e.g., https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-schumer-spar-over-power-sharing-as-disagreement-over-filibuster-hamstrings-talks.  At the same time, we have learned that two Democratic Senators will now oppose any change to the filibuster process and we hope they will not waiver. McConnell Statement on Democrats’ Commitments to Protect Senate Rules

Stakes are high, and here is why.  The legislative filibuster requires – and has for more than 100 years – a Senate consider legislation with a filibuster, requiring 60 votes to go forward.  This allows Senators to hear from you and me, gauge public passion and fear, depth of support and opposition, pros and cons, before passing a divisive, wrong-headed, or unconstitutional bill.  The filibuster’s delay, and cloture’s ability to stop, bad ideas – has been lifesaving, for both parties.

For a refresher on how vital the “legislative filibuster” is to our Republic – even in undivided times – re-watch Jimmy Stewart’s epic film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  The film is educational – as the filibuster stops profound public corruption.  The filibuster is central to what makes America great.  If you kill it, you nobble brakes that stop bad things from happening.

Let us get specific. If a 50-50 vote, broken by a Democrat VP, is how the Senate is now going to work – without filibuster or cloture, tools Senator Biden used many times – things change fast.

Suddenly, rather seeking “unity,” chaos will prevail.  A sense of betrayal of tradition in the Senate will spread – to House, governors, state legislatures, attorneys general, law schools. The question “is nothing sacred?” will be answered, “no.”  The downhill roll accelerates from there.

Rather than extended debate, persuasion, amendment, modification, refinement, and deliberation, we will witness a runaway train – something akin to how successive Soviet-era politburos, the Venezuelan national assembly, and McCarthyism worked, rampant injustice defined as justice.

Suddenly, with half the country expecting preservation of institutions, procedures, rule of law, and traditions – which historically survive party shifts – we will see something else entirely, something anti-historical, anti-traditional, gut-wrenching, and highly objectionable.

We will see an undemocratic, socialist-heavy majority stuffing “citizen expectations” into a corner, determined to quickly move power-concentrating bills.  If this sounds too harsh, consider legislation that a 50-50 Senate, absent minority voices, filibuster, and cloture, could pass.

Democrats are talking massive, unchecked federal spending, New Green Deal that upends energy, transportation, and costs 30 trillion; Medicare-for-All stripping citizens of private coverage, punishing quality, costing another 30 trillion; federal control of the economy, energy, transportation, health care, and finance to private education, banking, aviation, and high tech.  They will bankrupt, demonize, and demoralize half the country.

Worse, without a legislative filibuster, the Supreme Court could be packed, ending the last best chance for non-political, constitutional review, and public trust.  They could reshape the federal judiciary, adding and splitting circuits. They could control the private sector, punishing churches, religious schools, non-profits, while criminalizing gun ownership and free speech – this article!

In short, dams seldom burst because every brick falls together, but when one brick falls – holding the others together.  Runaway trains do not destroy lives and property when all systems fail together, just when brakes fail to check disaster.  As students of history – and most Americans –understand, the filibuster, broken by a 60-member vote, protects us all.  Lose it, and we crash.

So, at a time of enormous frustration, what can be done?  Everyone can call their Senator, affirm the legislative filibuster and cloture vote counts. We are not stupid, not eager for one-party domination. We know these tools protect the Republic, expect them retained. We expect mature leadership – which means leaders respecting history, rules, and time-honored procedures.

What else?  So long as our First Amendment is written out of the Constitution, we can speak, write, and make clear our belief that Jimmy Stewart – and Americans before us – were right.  The “world’s greatest deliberative body” relies on the filibuster and cloture vote. They protect the Republic from losing what keeps it a republic – trust, fairness, and respect for history.  Take out the wrong brick, remove the train’s brakes, and things begin to come apart fast.

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Lorey
8 months ago

Why waste time on a fillibuster the jellyfish repukeacrates won’t stand up & do their job. Judt watch how many go 2 the humanoids side.. I’m done with these wolfs in sheep clothing

Jacob DeVos
8 months ago

JAKE DEVOS i HAVE BEEN A SUBSCBER TO AMAC FOR MANY YEARES AND WILL PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU AT AMAC YOU STAND UP FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY THE USA OF AMREICA!!!!!

Felix
8 months ago

I am stating to be disturbed with a trend of comments calling for seceding from the union and taking up arms, this is wrong! President Trump had successfully nominated and had confirmed, I think, over 300 constitutional federal judges. I think all of Biden’s EO’s. should be reviewed for any violations to the Constitution and our Bill of Rights and that the states should sue the federal government to have them overturned. Conservatives need to be smart and not play into the hands of the left they want us to be violent. The last election put more states into the hands of Republicans, lets use that majority. Being a Republic the states can hold the federal government accountable.

Carol
9 months ago

WHY DID NOT THE PEOPLEIN THIS COUNTRY EVER HEED WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS. I AM SO TIRED OF ALL OF THE TALK THAT I HAVE LISTENED TO. GOD BLESS PEOPLE LIKE MR. CHARLES AND TOM COTTON, HAWLEY AND ALL OF THE REAL AND NOT PHONY PATRIOTS INTHIS COUNTRY. i SAID TO MY HUBAND THAT I HAD ONLY KNOWN ONE OTHER PERSON WHO WAS SO HORRIDLY AND WICKEDLY PERSUCUTED BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ONLY WORSHIP ONE god POWER. THAT WOULD BE JESUS CHRIST. I KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN UP TO OVER THE YEARS AND THEY WILL NEVER TAKE MY MIND AND MY THOUGHTS. THANK YOU, CAROL

Sean Rickman
9 months ago

The democrats would do anything to get conservatives out of the picture.I don’t doubt that they would destroy AMERICA to achieve their goal.

Stephen Lykins
8 months ago
Reply to  Sean Rickman

Their goal IS to destroy America!

Nancy Kellam
9 months ago

I think I agree with the author of this article. However, the grammar is disappointing and makes several statements meaning unclear.

Cathryn Pindzola
9 months ago

Question- will the Medicare for All include the Federal government? Senators, Representatives, President, Vice president, congressional workers, IRS, etc? And their families?

Nancy
9 months ago

Oh, excellent question!

PaulE
9 months ago

Just like Single Payer in the U.K., those in senior positions of government have access to the best private health care. They are not put through the long wait times and endless bureaucratic shuffling that the average citizen has to endure. The average government employee will be lumped in with everyone else, if that is any consolation to you.

Remember the old line from George Orwell’s Animal Farm concerning some animals being more equal than others. Well don’t think for a minute that someone like the President, Vice President, Senators or most House Representatives will have to endure waiting 4 to 6 weeks for some government bureaucrat to authorize them getting a X-ray, CAT scan or MRI. Nor will they have to wait 2 to 6 months for approval to get surgery. That’s only for the “little people”.

Doug Drennan
8 months ago

When the democrats passed obamacare the first thing they did was exempt themselves from having to use it. This should answer your question as to what they will do with socialized medicare for all.

Michael Venaccio
9 months ago

We have a 99.999999% confidence factor that the election was stolen at the presidential level and possibly some senate races, like McSalley in AZ, John James in MI, and possibly MN and CO.

The issue is that ALL the institutions that we would rely on to make this right have all abysmally failed the American people.

So, a grass roots movement needs to take place at the state level. The state legislators failed in their duty to rectify voting irregularities and/or outright fraud. So, it makes sense to start there.

If you are a resident of one of the states that uses Dominion or Smartmatic voting systems, write or call your state legislatures and press for a removal of these systems and mail in voting.

If you are in one of the contested states, call or right your state legislators and demand an investigation into all the allegations in your state. If the legislators do not comply, then vote them out.

Call your congressional delegations and ask for an answer as to why the alternate electors from the contested states were not recognized as the law requires. If there was a change to the electoral law language, who made it and was it a legal change.

Maybe someone could answer the question as to the rights of citizens in one state to sue the other states for damages, like lost jobs, increased gas prices, dilution of votes, etc. since the contested states put us in this mess. Granted the SCOTUS declined to hear the Texas suit, but harmed individuals, the citizens should have a right to sue.

Can citizen groups sue or contest any and all legislation due to harmful effects or the unconditionality of the laws??

In short, what legal methods are left to us??

Dave Meyer
9 months ago

I will never send another dime to the Rhino party after they failed to support Trump. The election was stolen. My wife has friends with two dead relatives who voted. Scandalous! Rise up all of you Patriots and make sure that the Demonrats lose both houses of congress in November of 2022!!!!

Cathryn Pindzola
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Meyer

The comment I have heard a lot is: I hope that when I die, I don’t vote Democrat.

Therese Brezin
8 months ago
Reply to  Dave Meyer

Funny you say that..I’ve been “bombarded with emails from the RNC to donate to “save” the Republican Party. I just sent back a few of those many emails telling me that when they finally do something for the citizens of the USA, I might consider it, but until then, any donating would go directly to only specified Republicans (like Hawley and those like him) and NOT to the the party itself.

a reader
9 months ago

I thought Senator McCarthy did the country a favor when he named many communists in the government. I believe he just scraped the tip of the iceberg. We are paying the price now. He died in disgrace which he did not earn just like President Trump is going through now. I think we need some fact checking on the McCarthy situation to see what really happened.

David
9 months ago

As President Reagan said the greatest threat to the survival of the United States has always been one generation away. With the deliberate intentions of revising the foundations of America (faith in God, the Biblical family unit, equal justice under the law), the leftists/communists have taken control of the Federal government, not by election, but by subversion. Now with the military occupying Washington D.C., Americans are being “advised” not to challenge the regime. In just a matter of weeks America has begun to rapidly slip into third world status with someone who is demented enough to think he was elected by a majority. Folks, we are in big trouble. And it’s time that we, the vast majority of the American electorate of both parties, quit playing nice and work on getting back our country as founded.

Ronald Marsh
9 months ago

This is what we get when the Dems cheat and the Reps and Rhinos don’t have the spine to fight.

Doug Drennan
9 months ago

America is facing the greatest threat since the founding of the republic. The election was criminally stolen and tech companies and the media have conspired to silence any opposition. If the American people don’t rise against this threat now we will never have another free or fair election. The democrats are spending trillions of dollars that we don’t have on policies that will only result in the destruction of the country. It’s time to fish or cut bait folks, our grandchildren’s future depends on it.

‘Nonymous
9 months ago

Both houses of congress have been a train wreck for decades, if not centuries. Let them babble on !

Brenda Blunt
9 months ago

No one is going to put up with all that the Democrats are doing very long! I pray that the Demos suffer aggressive backlash for what they are doing!! Rise up true Americans! Rise up!!

Chuck
9 months ago

No politician can be trusted.

Hen3ry
9 months ago
Reply to  Chuck

Many Republicans didn’t really support Trumps efforts
Did they.
How about those senators who voted to continue with the unconstitutional impeachment
Hey RNC how about some primary action

Debby
9 months ago

The end of this article that calls for action would be a GREAT place to insert a link to find The contact for your Senator.

Michael Venaccio
9 months ago
Reply to  Debby

Just google US Senate to US House and some ways do show up.

Therese Brezin
8 months ago
Reply to  Debby

I’ve tried, but since my so called senator is Twofaced Toomey, all I get back from him is basically, shut up and obey. Talk about worthless.

Dave
9 months ago

“…before passing a divisive, wrong-headed, or unconstitutional bill.”

They seem to manage to do this anyway, from time to time. That being said, it would be a disaster to end the filibuster rule. In fact, I think the house should adopt something similar.

John A. Fallon
9 months ago

People need to stop fantasizing, do you seriously think the dems will allow an honest election in 2022 or 2024? They have stacked the deck in thier favor to steal this election and they will do the same”next” time, by the time the “next” election rolls around they will have the scotus overflowing with socialist judges and the constitution will no longer exist, and we will no longer have ANY RIGHTS, chinajoe made DEALS with foriegn energy co. , he will shut down AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE and give fat contracts to our enemies so he can get filthy rich as he drives the AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO A THIRD WORLD STATE, he will allow iran to have nukes, he will send them BILLIONS to help them fund TERRORIST GROUPS THAT WILL ATTACK US AGAIN, the radical leftist (blm and antifa) they turned loose on AMERICAN cities are just a hint of what we are in for,
PRAY FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST.

Victoria Johnson
9 months ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

HR1 is already writen and waiting for passage just as soon as they finish their unconstitutional ‘impeachment’. You cannot impeach a private citizen. If you believe a former govt. official has committed a crime, the Justice Dept. is responsible for bringing charges and prosecuting. Congress has NO jurisdiction to ‘impeach/prosecute’ any private citizen.

Doug Drennan
9 months ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

The democrats are counting on conservatives having been so conditioned to accept fraud and corruption that they won’t fight back. Our founders didn’t go to war rashly, they went because they felt that was their only recourse. America is once again facing that same crisis and this time is equally important as the first time.

Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Simple: vote out the Leftists & write Law to make Perm the filabuster into US Code

J.R.
9 months ago

How are you going to vote out any one when the fair election process has been destroid? You now have a communist led contry which means the only ones that get elected are the ones they want elcted. Look at Cuba, Russia, etc.

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