Attack on the Filibuster

On, Sunday, January 16, New York Times’, Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti wrote a column in regards to the recent debate on “voting rights”. In typical New York Times fashion, it is filled with bogus claims stemming from “Democrats face an electoral landscape in which they will need to spend heavily to register and mobilize voters if they are to overcome the hodge lodge of new voter restrictions enacted by republicans across the country”. This bland statement was followed by blaming Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema (no mention of senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia) for her opposition to lift the filibuster. This is the only way the Democrats would be able to get the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act passed through the senate. While she spoke on the matter Thursday, she claimed to be not against the voting bills, but strictly against the act of ridding the senate of the filibuster.

“These bills help the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself,” Sinema said. “And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.” -Kyrsten Sinema

Furthermore, Manchin commented on the matter,

“I mean, voting is very important. It is a bedrock of democracy," Manchin told reporters Tuesday. "But to break the opportunity for the minority to participate completely - that's just not who we are."

In previous years from past Senator Byrd in regards to the filibuster.

"We must never, ever, ever, ever tear down the only wall, the necessary fence, that this nation has against the excess of the executive branch and the resultant haste and tyranny of the majority."

This is all quite an ironic push from Biden, while in 2005 (while he was a senator for Delaware), he made claims that abandoning the filibuster would “eviscerate the senate”. Followed by,

"It is not only a bad idea, it upsets the constitutional design, and it disservices the country,"

"No longer would the Senate be that ‘different kind of legislative body’ that the Founders intended. No longer would the Senate be the ‘saucer’ to cool the passions of the immediate majority.”

Proud of this speech, Biden claimed it to be "one of the most important speeches for historical purposes that I will have given in the 32 years since I have been in the Senate.”

The idea that you can change the constitutional way of law to further a political agenda screams totalitarianism at its finest. Combined with the bills he is attempting to pass in this measure, only further such a case. With the process for the election historically being managed in the hands of the state, Biden wants to alter that course. After wide speculation on both sides of voter fraud in the 2020 election, the Biden administration is now hoping to take nearly all control of the way it is run.

I do not support a multitude of Donald Trump's actions after the election and how he is still barking about it to this day, but he does have a point whether you are willing to admit it or not. There are many proven acts of voter fraud across the country (not enough to overturn the election) but it leaves speculation in the wake. What about everything that wasn’t able to be proven. It's a bitter reality, but completely valid. That said, I believe Trump should have been more acceptable to the results and gone about his measures less radically. A peaceful transfer of power is integral to this nation, and Trump's stubbornness and “We won this election” obnoxious rhetoric put a hinder on that process. Though we can not be all that surprised, as we have come to expect nothing less from the man. He may have arguably been a splendid president, but in terms of his demeanor, he un-surprisingly lacks support from the general public.

Despite the way he has pleaded his claims, they do have an undeniable degree of validity. The state's decisions to take more measures in reducing the opportunities of fraud from what we have since learned are justifiable. The initial policy response that caused endless scrutiny since the beginning, was the demonized Voter ID policy. I am sorry, but there’s a level of responsibility that comes with being a voting citizen in this country. I’m not saying you need to be held by a crazy high standard, but you should at least be able to have an ID. You need an ID to purchase a beer, drive a car, open a bank account, apply for any government aid, etc. To ask for an ID when voting is not a huge ask. It only proves that you are who you say you are. If someone can’t obtain or doesn’t want to put in the minimal effort to obtain an ID to vote, maybe they shouldn’t be voting.

These two bills that Biden is trying to pass, is a Marxist-like measure in taking all the control out of the states on how they wish to certify elections. It would put bias regulation on redistricting measures, taking say out of the people through their local elected officials, eliminate “voter suppression”, which is the likes of voter ID and regulating early voting to a certain date, and the bills would also allow convicted felons to vote. Again, I’m sorry but it is common knowledge that if you are a criminal, you can’t vote. If you are unable to follow the laws of this country and are involved in criminal activity, you should not be able to have a say when it comes to how this country is run. You have lost credibility. Furthermore, this is a specific tactic for the democrats to gain more votes, as they are the party that encourages the crime-heavy BLM rights, more government financial reliance, and causes like defunding the police. Beliefs that have caused unrelenting violence and hate against our nation's vital first responders. It is why you have seen violent crime skyrocket in the nation's cities.

In great measure, these voting bills would further the radical left agenda. Thanks to a few Democratic moderates left in the Senate, the filibuster framework remains. These extreme bills are unlikely to pass, leaving the nature of elections in the hands of the state. This result adds to the long list of Biden's failures, giving more hope to all those who believe in our nation's constitutional democracy.