Democracy, Autocracy . . . or Hypocrisy? Biden Calls for Changing the Filibuster Rule

According to the Associated Press, President Joe Biden today will support changing the filibuster rule for voting rights legislation — a move widely viewed as effectively killing the rule. The report says that Biden will portray the choice starkly as one between democracy and autocracy. The AP, however, does not reference the third option of hypocrisy by failing to note that Biden vehemently opposed such moves for decades. He previously denounced killing the rule as “disastrous” for our democracy but now will declare the rule itself to be an existential threat to democracy. It is the latest example of President Biden’s embrace of “whatever it takes politics.

Biden will use a speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to complete his abandonment of his long-held position. AP quotes his expected address to include the following statement:

“The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic. And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?”

Biden showed equal passion as a senator to denounce those who would find excuses for abandoning the filibuster rule. He called such efforts “disastrous” and proclaimed: “God save us from that fate … [it] would change this fundamental understanding and unbroken practice of what the Senate is all about.”

After six months of uncomfortable silence as president, Biden later said that, as president, he continued to support the rule. Putting aside certain factual and historical errors, Biden declared that killing the rule would “throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done. Nothing at all will get done. There’s a lot at stake. The most important one is the right to vote, that’s the single most important one.”

It appears now that, even if “God [might still] save us from that fate,” the President will not.

His colleagues, including then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and now-Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), gave equally full-throated endorsements of the rule being denounced today as a thoroughly racist relic.  Schumer, who is now also pushing for the change, previously said to abandon the rule would be “doomsday for Democracy” and reduce the United States to a “banana Republic.”

While President Biden may have found his natural resting place in the conflict between politics and principle, the move against the filibuster rule will only aggravate our deep divisions.

The Democrats would force through a sweeping federalization of state election laws for the first time in our history. It would federally preempt the laws in dozens of states and declare that Congress, not state legislatures, will now dictate how people vote in states like Georgia. It is notable that Georgian politicians like Sen. Raphael Warnock will be standing next to Biden in Atlanta as the President calls for setting aside Georgia’s own laws. (Stacey Abrams who is running for governor will not attend the event). Previously, Biden was criticized for misrepresenting the provisions of the Georgia law.

What is most striking is the inherent conflict in this logic. President Biden is going to a state where representatives passed voting rules as part of their democratic process. He is effectively saying that they must protect democracy from itself and support Washington dictating the rules in Georgia.

While denouncing the “Big Lie” of those who questioned the last election, Democrats in the same breath are arguing that the next election might be illegitimate or might be stolen under current election laws. Democratic leaders have insisted that Trump began that Big Lie by seeding doubts months in advance of the 2020 election due to the laws in blue states. Now those leaders are seeding the same doubts about the laws in red states before the 2022 election. (Indeed, despite recent denials, some of these same leaders who denounced the Big Lie are the same people who previously called the Trump election “illegitimate” and some supported challenges to electoral votes in Congress).

It is also worth noting that federal laws already protect against rules that inhibit or curtail the votes of minority citizens. Other laws are subject to judicial review if they curtail the right to vote generally. Indeed, many of these laws are being challenged by Democrats in court. The federal legislation is needed because these laws have been upheld by the courts as constitutional and nondiscriminatory.

For some voters in these states, the federal takeover of their election laws is not likely to resonate as a victory of democracy. Election laws have largely been left to the states in our constitutional system. If those laws are constitutional, the view was that each state could follow its own approach to issues like voter identification rules. While Congress can condition the receipt of federal funds on improving election administration (and reinforce constitutional protections for minority voters through laws like the Voting Rights Act), this is an unprecedented federalization of election laws to dictate how elections are administered.

In abandoning his long-held position, President Biden is choosing divisive politics over principle. This will further deepen the anger and divisions in our country. It will fuel claims that these laws are somehow illegitimate or laying the foundation for autocracy.

I previously wrote why the filibuster rule was designed for times like this:

Pushing through such controversial measures with bare majorities and on straight party lines will only deepen the divisions and increase the rage in this country. So this is precisely a time when the filibuster can play a positive role, by forcing legislation to pass with a modest level of bipartisan support. It requires consensus and compromise at a time of growing, violent division.

The filibuster has gone through historic controversies through the centuries, from opposing Caesar to opposing civil rights. But as a consensus-forcing rule, its time may have arrived, to the chagrin of many.

This move may also be soon regretted.

It is not likely to succeed but would put virtually all of the Democratic senators on record for calling for the demise of the rule. With the possible GOP takeover of both houses, the Democrats are sawing at the branch upon which their future may rest.

It was the Democrats who unwisely created the exception to the filibuster for judicial candidates in 2010. The Republicans later used that change as an excuse for an exception for Supreme Court nominees. Nevertheless, the GOP senators refused the demands of President Trump to abandon the rule for legislative matters when they were in the majority. Now, the Democrats would create an exception that could easily result in the total abandonment of the rule.

Since they are unlikely to succeed, it would be better to reaffirm support for the filibuster rule as a protection against losing the Senate in 2022.  However, short-term political interests seem to be prevailing. Biden is becoming unpopular with the left and he is now abandoning his prior principled stand for political convenience. It is a Faustian bargain that I expect that the Democrats could soon regret.

 

 

 

282 thoughts on “Democracy, Autocracy . . . or Hypocrisy? Biden Calls for Changing the Filibuster Rule”

  1. 20,000 National Guard troops at the Capitol Building (which is what the White House approved), and Jan. 6 never happens.

    Pelosi (and Bowser) refused to approve their deployment. Why?

    Pelosi refuses to release any communication related to her decision. Why?

    The kangaroo committee refuses to investigate Pelosi’s decision. Why?

    The kangaroo committee has declared that Pelosi is untouchable. Why?

    A major focus of this so-called investigation is on the security failures. How can you claim to have an honest, objective investigation, when you belligerently refuse to investigate the major players responsible for those failures?

  2. Rigging future elections in their favor is the Democrats’ highest value. They will go to the mat for this.

  3. This statement of mine was taken down along with the statements by Anonymous the Stupid. He is a nasty guy and doesn’t care what damage he does.

    Post follows: Not important but I am trying to highlight ATS’s fascist type of hate that mimics Stalin and Hitler.

    “Anything is impossible but ATS focuses not on most occurrences rather the outliers. That is fine but outliers do not fit in neatly.

    Proof of rape in a marriage is hard to prove unless bodily harm occurs. Women who believe they are being raped by their husbands need to separate and get a restraining order. But Anonymous the Stupid is not interested in solutions. He is a troll.”

    1. I remember a prosecutor, I think in Oregon, who took a marital rape case and when it came to trial the couple were in love again and the prosecutor looked like an idiot. Acquittal of course.

  4. Olly, unless there is a major glitch in the blog, ATS took down your comments as well because you responded to him. He is not a nice guy. One post in question that you wrote was:

    “I have no argument against whatever filibuster rules that preserve the need for the majority and minority to compromise.”

    1. ATS writes: “Maybe there’s a hacker who is deleting comments.”

      Now Anonymous the Stupid is blaming a hacker. I wonder when he lies on the couch in his psychiatrists office if he blames his problems on his mother, his father or both.

  5. Karen and a few others, your posts connected to ATS I believe were deleted. The following is one of Karen’s that appears deleted along with a bunch of other postings by multiple people.

    Whether he be green, yellow or gray, ATS doesn’t care about anyone else. That is why he doesn’t care about people wrongfully arrested and incarcerated in solitary confinement even when they aren’t guilty. He is a fascist of the Stalin type where other lives do not matter.

    One of the many deleted postings. This one by Karen.

    “Anonymous:

    For one, abusing inmates awaiting trial for political purposes, such as months on end of solitary confinement for minor charges, is anathema to a free country. We’re descending to a banana republic a at that point.

    For another, while I do think prison needs to be difficult enough to be a deterrent, prisoner safety is important. For example, rape should not be a punishment for any crime. Yet sexual assault is so common among prisoners as to be a trope in movies. `There are guards who abuse prisoners, and then there are prisoners who abuse each other. We need prison reform, but emptying prisons is not the answer.”

    1. ATS writes: “Blah, blah, blah from S. Meyer. Get a life, little buddy.”

      Anonymous the Stupid, keep blaming others, but I think by now most know your game. You can play yellow anonymous under Sammy, Molly G. and Edison, you can play green anonymous and you can play gray anonymous or a pretend friend.You can even blame your newest anonymous or your oldest anonymous icons. They are all the same. Hateful and not that much different from the fascists that killed over 100 million people last century.

    2. Thanks, S Meyer. I thought there was something wrong with my internet connection uploading comments when I couldn’t find several of mine.

      I think if a comment gets deleted for whatever reason, all responses connected to it will get deleted, as well.

      1. Karen, I think everything below the anonymous comment is deleted. I deal with ATS a lot so I am used to it and only lose those comments below. Though he complains about the deletions I believe he is aware of when his postings might be deleted and uses that as a weapon.

        The only other time I have been deleted in recent times was when I posted too much of an article which in almost all cases was intended to be widely distributed. I have no problem with those deletions since they are difficult judgement calls.

    3. Alan, can Trumpers get through a single day without using the term ‘Facist’??

      It’s so ironic that those who try to top each other in their fealty to Trump keep using the term ‘Facist’ to describe anyone skeptical of Trump bogus election claims. Trump is a wanna-be dictator better suited to reality TV.

      1. “Alan, can Trumpers get through a single day without using the term ‘Facist’??”

        Anonymous not using the word fascist is difficult when communicating with people who act like fascists and racists every day. I can’t understand why you believe black people don’t have the intellectual ability to get ID sufficient for voting. I think that type of thinking is racist. After all, the average IQ of blacks is probably a lot higher than yours, but I am willing to bet you have the necessary ID.

        Not agreeing with Trump’s claims of the lawlessness of the election is not fascist. It’s stupid. There was lawlessness and coverups of the lawlessness.

        So far, I haven’t seen any significant Trump administration actions that would lead to fascism. If you can point out the specific actions that demonstrate your claim, let’s hear what you have to say. Just saying the words are meaningless.

  6. Jonathan: You have called Biden a hypocrite for changing his position on the filibuster. The real hypocrites in this drama over voting rights are 16 Republican Senators. Not even 16 years ago Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act. The Senate vote was 98 to 0. There are 16 Senate Republicans right now who were in Congress (either the Senate or House) in 2006 and supported the Act. But in the age of rage and Donald Trump these same 16 Senators have refused to support either the Freedom to Vote Act nor the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act passed by the House. Both bills are critical to preserving the voting rights of every American voter and our Democracy. If Biden is guilty of “hypocrisy” for changing his position on the filibuster why don’t you apply the same standard to Senate Republicans who have changed there position and now oppose preserving voting rights? They are the real hypocrites!

    1. Well, Dennis, why don’t you make an effort to read their stated positions on what, exactly, they take issue with on these Acts?

      The bills are not, actually, protective of voting rights; rather, they make it easier to cheat. The bills are also unconstitutional as it is a federal takeover of states governing elections. Don’t you support the Constitution?

      You should note that voter ID laws are associated with an INCREASE in turnout among minorities. This might shock Liberals, but blacks have ID. Black people can get to the DMV. Black people can get a free ID from their state if needed. And black people can get to the polls in a timely manner. Most importantly, black people support voter ID.

    2. removing internal controls on the elections invites fraud while also removing the ability to quantify it. This undermines the entire election process. Once trust is gone, the country is toast. 2016 a presidential candidate lost the election. People were about to check the absentee ballots by comparing the number requested to the number received. While she tought she won, everyone else could see that the results were legit. In another election, a different lady lost. Together they formed a group to remove the internal controls on the absentee ballots, which in 2020, made a much larger share of the election. It was not possible to verify that the ballot box had not been stuffed with illegal ballots, so no one believes the lection was legit. Internal controls inspire the confidence that the governing system is based upon. The advocy for these changes have all the hallmarks of a Russian influence operation designed to make the US governement fall. What would happen to our economy if the financial system also dropped it’s internal controls?

  7. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL: Twelve months ago, this president said we should see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors. Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic enemies. Twelve months ago called on Americans to join forces, stop the shouting, lower the temperature. But yesterday, he shouted that if you disagree with him you’re George Wallace.”

    George Wallace? If you don’t pass the laws he wants, you’re Bull Connor. If you oppose giving Democrats untrammeled one-party control of the country, well you’re Jefferson Davis.”

    Twelve months ago, this president said disagreement must not lead to disunity. But yesterday he invoked the bloody disunion of the Civil War. The Civil War!”

    Listen to this, he compared a bipartisan majority of senators to literal traitors. How profoundly, profoundly unpresidential.”

    “I’ve personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday. The American voters did not give the president a mandate for very much. You’ve got a tied Senate, negative coattails in the House, the narrowest majorities in over a century.

    The president did not get a mandate to transform America.

    But he did arguably get a mandate to do just one central thing that he campaigned on. Here is what that was: Bridge a divided country, lower the temperature, dial down the perpetual air of crisis in our politics, one job citizens actually hired him to do. It is the one project that would have actually been consistent, consistent with the Congress, [with what] the voters elected.

    Ah, but President Biden has chosen to fail his own test. The president’s rant, a rant yesterday was incoherent, incorrect, and beneath his office. He used the phrase Jim Crow 2.0 to demagogue a law that makes the franchise more accessible in his own state of Delaware.

    He blasted Georgia’s procedures regarding local elections officials while pushing national legislation with almost identical language on that issue. The president implied things like widely popular voting ID laws are, listen to this, totalitarian. Totalitarian?

    Ironically, on the same day the Washington, D.C. Mayor said to bring a photo I.D. And vaccine card any time they leave the house.

    The president repeatedly invoked the January 6th riot, while himself using irresponsible, delegitimising rhetoric that undermines our democracy. The sitting president of the United States compared American states to totalitarian states.

    He said our country will be an autocracy if he does not get his way. If he does not get his way.

    So the world saw our commander in chief propagandize against his own country, his own country, to a degree that would have made Pravda blush. There was no consistent standard behind anything the president said. He trampled through some of the most sensitive and sacred parts of our nation’s past. He invoked times when activists bled and when soldiers died, all to demagogue voting laws that are more expansive than what they have on thebooks in his own home state.

  8. Ask yourself. If the Pelosi’s kangaroo court in the house had any sustainable proof that the participants on 1/6 had committed an insurrection why hasn’t anyone been served with an actual insurrection indictment. Perhaps the Great Pelosi knows that such a charge would never stand up in court. Of course Pelosi has never been concerned with committing a false witness against her neighbor if it would mean high praise from the parties exalted Commissar’s and would further her ability to buy her fifteen dollar a pint ice cream. Eight pints in a gallon times fifteen dollars equals $120.00 per gallon. It seems that bearing false witness against your neighbor is lucrative indeed.

    1. Precisely. This is about midterms and nothing else. I struggle to fathom how stupid one would have to be to be playing along with American Liberals at this point; people go home from work at night and hear less idiotic things from their children when they ask them about their day. I haven’t seen anything quite this pathetic in our government in the entirety of my adult voting years. Additionally, if they are honestly stupid enough to run Hillary again, who polled beneath Trump *while he was in office*, all I can say is: DNC, rest in peace.

    2. Well said!

      This investigation should have been given to a special counsel, known to go by the book, who could review all the evidence. Every single shred of it in a non-partisan, non-biased manner. No cameras. No news leaks. Let the chips fall where they may.

      This “commission” is designed for one purpose only. Political. To score points.

      Nancy and husband are now worth 120 million and likely more.

      I am in awe at such individuals in politics who act like they will live forever. Who have seemingly no fear that they might stand in judgement to account for their actions over the course of their lives.

      1. “This “commission” is designed for one purpose only. Political.”

        Yep. It’s the Russia hoax 2.0. Same dishonest techniques. Same goals: Get Trump; assume control. Since his candidacy, the Vicious Ones have been trying to hobble him with phony accusations and fake scandals.

  9. After posting a response to Anonymous the Stupid, I remembered he likes a lot of his responses deleted along with everyone else’s. In that fashion he acts like a terrorist killing not only himself but everyone else that follows. That proves he is not a trustworthy person. I will repost my comment below.

    SM

    1. “Epps already testified before the Jan. 6 Committee under oath last November. “

      https://www.revolver.news/2021/10/meet-ray-epps-the-fed-protected-provocateur-who-appears-to-have-led-the-very-first-1-6-attack-on-the-u-s-capitol

      Watch the videos that include Epps, part 1 and part 2. With evidence like that a real investigation would lead to a completely different view of Jan 6, but we already know the Jan 6 committee only has those that agree on the conclusion they want to reach.

      If they actually examined the data and released it to the public, we might be able to see heads roll much worse than they are rolling today.

      We will find deception by our public officials starting at the top with Nancy Pelosi and we will see an FBI involvement that is totally out of bounds. Then we will see people from the left and the right doing terrible things.

      However, in the end Jan 6 was the equivalent of a pea shooter compared to the summer riots of Antifa and BLM The summer caused tremendous destruction, loss of livelihood and loss of life. The destruction included federal buildings and we see Democrats permitting all of that. We see defunding of the police and murder rates rising, crime rising and theft becoming permissible.

      Yes, Anonymous the Stupid likes to forget those things, but in the end we have to remember the attempted kidnapping of Governor Whitmer and look at who involved in that bogus scenario was also involved in Jan 6.

      1. Anonymous refers us to Snopes, a leftist fact-checker meant to spin the news. It says.

        “long-running ties to the Oath Keepers,”

        That is how false flags are performed. It is already known that the Feds infiltrated the Oath Keepers and a couple of others, and the Feds seem to have pushed the Governor Whitmer kidnapping. It appears in that plot more feds were involved than crazies, who many times are psychiatrically challenged and can be used by anyone, including the feds, to do things they would never have done.

        Snopes shows a relatively benign picture of Epps. They should display the images of Epps communicating near the breach of one fence and communicating elsewhere. I don’t think there has been a concerted effort to tie all the communications together. If one looks closely at some of the films, one can see certain people that seem to be working in concert and wearing identifiable clothing.

  10. “Remember, Democrats objected to counting the electors every single time a Republican was elected president this century,” “They objected on January 6, 2001, January 6, 2005, January 6, 2017. In fact, on January 6, 2017, they objected to more states than we Republicans did on January 6, 2021 … but they never seem to want to acknowledge that fact.” __Jim Jordan

  11. Insurance claims for BLM riots broke all records, totaling at least $1 billion. This does not take into account damage that was not recorded as an insurance claim, as well as the jobs that were permanently driven from the cities.

    https://www.axios.com/riots-cost-property-damage-276c9bcc-a455-4067-b06a-66f9db4cea9c.html

    Now, add in the amount that has been lost from all the shoplifting and looting that took place due to the Left’s tolerance for crime. CA is a shoplifter’s paradise. The felony threshold for theft was raised to $950. DAs of major Democrat CA cities refuse to prosecute shoplifting below that. Police for the most part won’t even make an arrest. So people shoplift with impunity until stores go out of business. Taken people decry the pharmacy and food desserts.

    Then there’s all the other crime that’s rampant in deep blue CA, including car break-ins and car theft.

    Then there’s the skyrocketing cost of gas in Democrat stronghold CA. Rising energy costs because the Left discouraged cheaper fossil fuels. The regular blackouts and Public Safety Power Shutoffs. High property taxes. High sales taxes. Some of the highest taxes in the nation. Academically poor performing schools that quiz kids on how confident they feel talking to their peers about race and gender. Graduating kids who can’t read, and can’t compete in the work force, and then blaming systemic racism. Shockingly high cost of permits and over regulation. It can cost thousands of dollars in permits, inspections, and architect fees just to erect a single horse shelter bigger than 10 feet square. The regulations and permits for a septic system are now astronomical. CARB decided to make heavy duty vehicles prior to 2010 no longer able to be registered with the DMV, creating massive costs. Newsom decided that portable gas motors, like in lawn mowers and weed whack ears, will be no longer allowed. I suppose landscape maintenance companies must now buy 35 batters and either hang out at their client’s house for 4 hours while they charge, or get a $10,000 electricity bill every month charging them at home. Then there’s the toxic mining required to make all those batteries, overburdening an electrical grid that can’t keep up with existing demand. So what does he do? He pushes for more electric vehicles.

    The financial cost of Leftism is absolutely staggering.

  12. Anonymous:

    I have no idea what your innermost thoughts are, gleeful or otherwise. All I have to go on are your actions, which include your denying that the Jan 6 protestors and rioters were treated differently than the BLM and Antifa rioters. While many of the former were held without bail while awaiting trial, and some were kept in solitary for long months, the latter were not charged, for most part. And those who were charged were mostly diverted to counseling.

    We’ve all seen cities burning and looted by the Left for over a month. It’s well documented. That blighted and drove jobs from communities for generations. An entire police precinct was burned.

    Meanwhile, I only saw minor damage on the available video on Jan 6. Granted, any damage at all is unacceptable. However, while I have read that prosecutors claim Jan 6 rioters caused $1.5 million in damages, I have not read any breakdown of how they arrived at that figure. Initially, people said $30 million, then lower and lower and now it’s $1.5 million. Well, how did they come up with that figure? I saw several windows broken. Are they charging for law enforcement to stand there and guard the glass man? Did someone break a Ming vase? Does it cost a fortune to get a permit to make repairs at the Capitol? Is this charge for IT scouring all the computers in every office that day? That figure won’t make sense unless we get an itemized breakdown.

    An honest person would be able to admit that burning, and looting for a year across Democrat cities, assaulting and murdering police, burning a police precinct, destroying myriad police vehicles, seizing entire city blocks as an autonomous zone from which police and emergency vehicles are barred, holding residents and businesses hostage inside, for a year…all of that did orders of magnitude more damage than anything we saw on Jan 6. Almost all the people I saw on Jan 6 video were all happy, posing for selfies, excitedly talking about how they wanted to either heckle or cheer Congress. That bison horn guy was on video telling everyone to be peaceful. They said they were trying to get onto the floor of Congress to make their voices heard. They were wrong, and absolutely deserved charges for trespassing and interfering.

    HOWEVER, based on behavior, it is my firm belief that Democrats have seized upon January 6th as a desperate attempt to deflect from the violence, looting, arson, and murder their side committed against widespread parts of America for a year. Until Jan 6, rioting and violence was the albatross hanging around the neck of the Democrat Party. No one wanted to talk about it. They had no defense for their behavior. Some called it a Summer of Love with flames in the background. They are pretending that Jan 6 was far worse than reality, and that such behavior was widespread, because they have absolutely no defense for their own side’s egregious violence.

    That’s what I see when I read your demurs and denials. Someone deflecting from widespread Leftist violence.

    1. KAREN,

      140 cops were injured on January 6th. The violence was graphic and inexcusable. Your recollections of ‘happy’ rioters amounts gaslighting.

      The George Floyd riots probably cost far more in total damage. But the symbolism of America’s Capitol falling to militiamen was a black eye to this country that will take a generation to live down.

      1. Really?? Tell us their names. Were there THAT many even there?? Why should we believe anything the left is releasing about 1/6/21, when so far, all we get are lies??

      2. Insurance claims alone for BLM riots exceed $1 billion in damages.

        Minority owned businesses were destroyed. Jobs were chased out of neighborhoods that needed them during a pandemic. An entire police precinct burned.

        You are in some serous denial.

        I reviewed the actual charges of the Jan 6 participants. The vast majority were trespassing and illegally parading. Hence, “mostly peaceful” is accurate according to the criminal charges against the defendants.

  13. Biden wants the Feds to handle State elections? Oh gosh no!
    Look at how the Biden administration handled:

    Afghanistan Withdrawal
    Inflation
    Illegal Immigration
    Covid
    Gasoline Prices
    Supply Chain Empty Shelves

    Will someone please tell me what the Biden Administration has done correctly?

  14. Jonathan: I think it’s long overdue that we get rid of or restrict the filibuster. It’s a disgraceful relic of our racist history where Southern slave holding states had an outsized influence. The 1964 the Civil Rights Act was almost killed by a group of Southern Senators who started a record setting filibuster. Now GOP Senators want to do the same thing with the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. These bills must be passed because 26 GOP controlled states have passed new voter suppression laws to make it harder to vote that disproportionally affects voters of color. The GOP obviously wants to avoid what happened in 2020 when Black votes made a difference in close races, like in Georgia.

    You are opposed to the Democratic voting bills because “federal laws already protect against rules that inhibit or curtail the votes of minority citizens”. You are living in a delusional world of denial! In 2013 the Supreme Court pretty much gutted the Voting Rights Act resulting in a wave of voter suppression laws. Within 24 hours of the Shelby decision Texas implemented stricter voter ID rules. In Georgia, previously subject to pre-clearance under Sec. 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the state has passed its own voter suppression law making it much harder for Black voters to exercise the franchise. We need universal rules for voting in national election to expand voting access through mail-in voting, automatic voter registration and restrictions on partisan gerrymandering. More importantly, we need to prevent the subversion of elections–to prevent what Trump and his GOP supporters tried to do in 2020 and will no doubt try to do again in this year and in 2024. If limiting the filibuster is required tp preserve our Democracy I’m all for it. But you think everything is just fine. Keep the filibuster and allow GOP controlled states to suppress the right to vote. At least we know where you stand on the existential threat to our Democracy.

      1. Dear Anonymous: If I am “filibustering” you have raised it to an art form with your daily and lengthy non-sensical, off-topic and irrelevant comments unrelated to the Turley topic of the day. To be topical please explain, if you agree, why the filibuster in the Senate should be retained so GOP Senators can talk to death much needed voting rights legislation.

    1. I wish those that believe voter suppression is more significant that voter fraud would point out exactly what that suppression is and how many votes are prevented so we could think up solutions for the problem.

      Fraudulent voting is easy to solve by requiring voter ID at the time of voting. If ID is the problem, there is an easy solution.

    2. Civil Rights Act was almost killed by a group of Southern Senators

      A group of Democrat Senators. Led by Sen. Al Gore Sr andSen. Fullbright. (Clinton mentor)

      (“group of souther Senators”. Talk about burying the lede)

  15. Fourth quarter. 20 seconds left in the game. Forth down and seven yards to go. Offense losing but a touchdown will tie the game. “Time out!!”
    The offense argues with the referees. “We want the goal post moved up seven yards!!”

    Referee: “Uh, no! What? What did you say? No!!”

    Offensive coach: “We want to move the goalpost. If we don’t we can’t win the game.”

  16. Funny, I see Joe Biden’s mouth moving but all I hear is that wonky voice from the teacher in Charlie Brown, Biden’s like a standup comic who has lost the audience – a clanking symbal or a noisy gong in the wilderness met only with embarrassing silence to quote King James.

  17. ‘The only thing missing from Biden’s ridiculous, over-the-top, screed today was him saying that Republicans want to put black people back in chains.

    Biden is really bad at governing. He’s even worse bringing a divided country together.’

    ~Ari Fleischer

    1. Blue America offers to Red nothing but scorn, contempt, hatred, insult, humiliation, calumny, outsourcing, open borders, layoffs, lower wages, opioids, losing wars, censorship, trumped-up treason accusations, surveillance, anarcho-tyranny, pre-trial detention, mask mandates, lockdowns, Critical Race Theory, and cancellation. And then not only gets enraged when Red America objects, but demands Red reverence and gratitude in return. — Michael Anton, Claremont Institute

  18. ‘Joe Biden hops on the TV once or twice every two weeks, barks about “the last guy,” calls half the country racist, and then hops back on a helicopter and goes to the beach.’

    Yup.

  19. God, but these people with their “threat to democracy” and this-that-and-the-other is racist chants at anything that threatens their power are so annoying. Enough already. They could care less about voting rights as a right other than a way to stay in power. If the majority of minorities were voting red, you can bet they would be singing a different tune.

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