If the filibuster is racist, so are the Democrats who used and defended it
Category: News & PoliticsVia: texan1211 • 3 weeks ago • 21 comments
By: Kaylee McGhee White (MSN)
In their quest to overturn the legislative filibuster and fast track President Biden's radical agenda, Democrats have deployed one of their favorite tools: the race card.
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"The filibuster has deep roots in racism," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren last week, "and it should not be permitted to serve that function or to create a veto for the minority."
Warren argued that the filibuster, a legislative stall-tactic that takes 60 votes to overturn, was created to allow "the South the ability to veto any effective civil rights legislation or anti-lynching legislation." Indeed, Democrats used the filibuster for exactly that purpose when Republicans were working to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Regardless, the filibuster itself is not a racist tool of oppression, as Democrats have argued. They should know this better than anyone, since they used it so often and so doggedly throughout the Trump administration. Warren herself joined a filibuster to block Sen. Tim Scott's police reform bill this past year. Sen. Ed Markey, who agreed with Warren that the filibuster is "rooted in a racist past," signed a bipartisan letter in 2017 defending its use. Was the filibuster not racist then?
Warren is lying, as is Markey. So are all the other disingenuous Democrats who repeat her talking points. They're hypocrites who gladly used the filibuster to block the Republican agenda when the GOP was in the majority, and most of the Democratic caucus defended the filibuster as "an important tradition of the Senate" just a few years ago. By their own standards, Democrats enabled racism.
Democrats should either apologize for defending and using the "Jim Crow filibuster," as Rep. Brian Schatz now likes to call it, or they should admit that they would call their own grandmothers racist if it helped them remove obstacles to total power. It stands in the way of H.R. 1, the Equality Act, student loan debt forgiveness, climate change legislation and every single other policy they know Republicans won't agree to. Instead of working toward compromises that can attract 60 votes, or accepting limitations on their power, Democrats want to bulldoze the entire process and make sure Republicans don't have a say.
But Democrats ought to keep in mind that no party ever holds the majority for long. Democrats barely even hold a majority as it is. Eventually Republicans will be back in power. And then they'll have the run of the land, and Democrats won't be able to do anything about it.
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Original Author:Kaylee McGhee White
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