Mitch McConnell’s Defense of the Filibuster Reveals the Establishment GOP’s Scam
March 19, 2021 (5mo ago)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been mounting a spirited defense of the filibuster in the face of Democratic efforts to permanently eliminate it.

For the sake of avoiding disastrous left-wing policies, Republicans should support that effort. But McConnell’s efforts to sustain the filibuster also expose the establishment GOP’s scam to keep its hold on power without delivering a thing for its base.

During remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell warned that the Republican Party would go “scorched earth” to prevent the passage of Democratic legislation if the filibuster is eliminated.

“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like. None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon. to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech, to dispense with the reading of lengthy legislative text, to schedule committee business, to move even noncontroversial nominees at anything besides a snail’s pace.

I want my colleagues to imagine a world where every single task requires a physical quorum — for which the Vice President does not count, by the way. Everything that Democratic Senates did to Presidents Bush and Trump, everything the Republican Senate did to President Obama, would be child’s play compared to the disaster that Democrats would create for their own priorities if they break the Senate. [Senator McConnell]

McConnell’s threats are empty. A Democratic majority capable of abolishing the filibuster is also able to remake the Senate’s rules to obliterate other procedural stunts.

But McConnell’s second threat was both more real, and more ridiculous. McConnell warned that if the filibuster vanishes, he might finally pass legislation that Republican voters want:

As soon as Republicans wound up back in the saddle, we wouldn’t just erase every liberal change that hurt the country. We’d strengthen America with all kinds of conservative policies with zero input from the other side. Nationwide right-to-work for working Americans. Defunding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities on day one. A whole new era of domestic energy production. Sweeping new protections for conscience and the right to life of the unborn. Concealed-carry reciprocity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Massive hardening of security on our southern border. [Senator McConnell]

McConnell’s speech is meant as a warning to the left about the future. But it might inspire a different response from the average GOP voter.

Wait a minute. If all of this could happen without the filibuster, why didn’t you get rid of it four years ago?

President Trump’s first two years in office presented an unprecedented opportunity for the modern Republican Party. Over the past 90 years of American politics, Republicans have held both houses of Congress plus the presidency for just eight of them, and four of them were under George W. Bush. Given the enormous deficiencies of Bush-era conservatism, Donald Trump’s early years in office were quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to quickly enact far-reaching conservative policies at the national level. President Trump promised a dramatic immigration overhaul that put Americans first, a surge in infrastructure spending, curbs on Big Tech’s power, and a replacement for Obamacare.

None of that happened. Why? Because McConnell didn’t want it to happen. McConnell may tell voters now that he wants abortion restrictions, border security, and nationwide concealed carry. But in reality, McConnell preferred the status quo. Thanks to the filibuster, he always had a readymade excuse for his inability to deliver: “Sorry, we can’t. You need sixty votes.”

But as the Democratic push to abolish the filibuster shows, that’s a lie. The filibuster is a procedural relic, one that can be obliterated with a majority vote at any time. And in fact, it has been by McConnell himself.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the Senate rules after Democrats blocked Gorsuch’s nomination minutes before, 55-45. All 52 Republicans then supported the vote to go nuclear, and Gorsuch subsequently advanced to a final confirmation vote with a simple majority.

“Our Democratic colleagues have done something today that is unprecedented in the history of the Senate. Unfortunately it has brought us to this point,” McConnell said. “We need to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate to get past this partisan filibuster.” [Politico]

When the issue was actually something the McConnell faction cared about, the filibuster was never a barrier. Even the establishment cares about getting Supreme Court justices appointed, so when Democrats filibustered Neil Gorsuch, Republicans immediately bypassed it. Passing corporate tax cuts mattered, so in 2017 they were happy to use reconciliation to ram through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

But Mitch McConnell has zero interest in actually securing America’s border, which might imperil the earnings of the donor class. Likewise, he has no interest in defunding Planned Parenthood, because there might be backlash if he did so, and then he couldn’t as easily harvest votes from voters he likely views as abortion-obsessed rubes.

The filibuster does not protect the rights of the minority party. It protects the majority from keeping its own promises. And Mitch McConnell has a lot of promises he wants to break.

For McConnell and all his allies, the filibuster is perfect. They get the policies they want, ignore the ones they don’t, and then go back to fundraising and tweets promising change.

If conservatives, populists, nationalists, or just plain old American patriots ever want their interests actually  represented in government, they will need to be aware of scams such as the filibuster. Indeed, as much attention as we’ve given to voter fraud in the direct sense of votes not being counted properly, there is a different type of voter fraud that deserves even more attention. The notion that your interests will be represented just because the candidate you vote for gets into office is itself a form of voter fraud. This second and more insidious type of voter fraud is complicated, and many mechanisms of so-called democracy are designed to facilitate it. If patriots ever want to really win, in the sense of having the people’s will enacted by a representative government, then we need a deep and sober understanding of all the bottlenecks in place that allow this second type of fraud to persist.

As to the filibuster issue, there’s only one fix for this kind of failure: Get rid of McConnell, and all other Republicans who use bogus procedural excuses to avoid delivering on their promises. Conservative nationalists deserve elected leaders who will actually deliver what they want. If the Republican Party isn’t willing to supply those leaders, then it must be torn down utterly, and rebuilt from better human material.

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Guest
4 months ago

All RINOs must go. No exceptions.

Guest
4 months ago

He's got a face like a duck.

Guest
4 months ago

Duck, duck — GO!

Guest
4 months ago

"Someone oughta open up a window!!!"

Guest
4 months ago

He's a quack.

Guest
4 months ago

Ok domestic terrorist

Guest
4 months ago

Oh, so now fanatics like you get to decide who is a "domestic terrorist"? Got it.

Peter_B
4 months ago

U R 1???

Guest
4 months ago

You see we piddle, twiddle, and resolve! Not one d thing do we solve! Piddle, twiddle, and resolve! Nothing's ever solved – in foul fetid fuming foggy filthy! Washington DC!

Guest
4 months ago

Impressed that someone else remembers the old musical 1776.

Guest
4 months ago

I'm so old I saw it on Broadway with the original cast in 1969. Went with my school class.

Guest
4 months ago

Wow!

Guest
4 months ago

Come ye cool, cool conservative men! Our likes may never ever be seen again! We have land, cash in hand, self-command, future planned! We sing Hosanna! Hosanna! In our breeding and our manner, we are Cool! And we march, ever to the right, never to the left, forever to the right!

Guest
4 months ago

Molasses to rum to slaves! Oh what a beautiful waltz! You dance with us, we dance with you, in molasses to rum to slaves!

Guest
4 months ago

DC today, yesterday Philadelphia. Come to think of it Philly is a liberal cesspool today. Voted for Biden. Shame.

Guest
4 months ago

What are you prepared to do about it? Are you going to pay it lip service or are you going to help search for good candidates to run in your district and give the Congress new blood? New blood as in people who will listen to the people and with common sense and some backbone do what the people want.

Guest
4 months ago

How do you know she's not active?

Guest
4 months ago

Hey Mitch–stolen elections have consequences.

Chester Garfield
4 months ago

They lost me! My vote didn't count, it was wasted, thrown away all because of the globalist GOP leaders.

Guest
4 months ago

That's why they all need to be voted out. They're just like the Democrats. No difference. Only proven conservatives should be voted for, not the RINOs who pay lip service to conservative ideals.

Guest
4 months ago

What kills me is that back in 2012 the left were going after McConnell and his involvement with China through his wife and I recall Breitbart News defending him, stating his wife was from Taiwan and the left were being ridiculous. Maybe we should've looked into that instead of dismissing it outright, as we can now obviously see what's going on with McConnell and his wife. Then in 2014 we had Bevin trying to primary him and he was shut down by the pro-life lobby, despite the fact that he adopted 4 kids and as governor was called by Father Frank Pavone, "The kind of pro-life governor America needs." We need to recognize who is protecting these RINO's and stop listening to them.

Guest
4 months ago

McConnell has had some good primary challengers over the years and usually is around 18% approval rating in his state yet he always manages to cream them. The dems are not the only ones who have been rigging elections s for decades.

Guest
4 months ago

Follow the money. Plus the voters are incredibly stupid.

Guest
4 months ago

How can anybody downvote common sense?

  1. You should follow the money; and
  2. Most voters are incredibly stupid.
Guest
4 months ago

No, Republicans are not equally guilty of rigging elections.

Zorost
4 months ago

PLOT TWIST: due to demographic change and rampant unpunished voter fraud, Republicans will never have power again!

Guest
4 months ago

Nor do they deserve to. We need a military coup, but lefty is moving quickly to close off that possibility.

Guest
4 months ago

Actually they are destroying the military but they are not destroying the capable soldiers who will be on our side when the time comes.

Guest
4 months ago

That last sentence.

Guest
4 months ago

If McConnell wants to see what the definition of scorched earth is, just wait until 2022. At least 20% of Republicans have abandoned the party and won't be voting. There is no reason to participate in rigged elections and we have seen very clearly now that most Republicans are actually part of the globalist uniparty.

Most of you won't fight until you have nothing left to lose. So be it, soon you will have nothing left to lose.

Guest
4 months ago

Unfortunately, so will the conservative citizens.

Guest
4 months ago

The Tortoise and his gang have sown the wind.. For mucho decades.. It's the R base that will be reaping the Whirlwind.
Tortoise is full of whatchamacallit.. .. It's not like he's that stupid he was unaware once the Comrades took back all 3 branches, ( one by outright fraud) they were not gonna do the Scorched Earth thingy.. No more mistakes like they made, when Hussein left business unfinished for the CFO of the Clinton Crime Syndicate to finish.
The Tortoise and his gang are just typical corrupt pols.

Dusan Roller
4 months ago

Totally academic! Republicans will never again be in a position of power, in a position where they could pass legislation to do all those thing McConnell should have done 4 years ago. DC and Puerto Rico statehoods will change everything. We are a one party rule country from now on.

Guest
4 months ago

Demography is destiny.

Guest
4 months ago

We were demographied about a 100,000 times in Feb. No end in sight. Hey sports fans that's equivalent to a 1.2 million population blue city added every year. I laugh at oh…we're gonna get'em in '22. Sure folks. Elections are now permanently rigged. We had a nice run. We've been clowared and pivened.

Guest
4 months ago

Puerto Rico has been bailing out of statehood for years because they know it means the powerful and wealthy controlling interests would be subject to US Federal income taxes (and other taxes) that they currently don't have to pay. In the end it is the decision of Puerto Ricans and they dont want to pay the taxes.

Guest
4 months ago

That would only apply if logic and reason had any bearing in todays world.
Sadly they do not. For dogmatic agenda alone they will tank themselves for the sake of the long march of destroying the US.

Guest
4 months ago

Puerto Rico. My heart's devotion! Let it sink back in the ocean! Always the hurricanes blowing! Always the population growing! And the money owing. And the sunlight streaming. And the natives screaming! – Written 70 years ago by a liberal. 😆 They would disown him today for being politically incorrect.

Guest
4 months ago

I believe dem senator Joe Manchin and another dem senator from AZ have said they will not remove the filibuster.

Guest
4 months ago

I don't believe any Democrat on anything.

Guest
4 months ago

I don't believe any politician on anything. They will say anything to protect their position and more importantly their power/wealth building.

Guest
4 months ago

And you believe him?
*facepalm*

Gearmoe
4 months ago

Close the door on McConnell. I do not understand why after taking it up our backside in election anyone would listen to one word from this hack.

Guest
4 months ago

It appears the Filibuster is what's keeping the Left from passing Gun Control. But who cares, we got more important issues than the 2nd Amendment.

Guest
4 months ago

When the 2nd Amendment is gone, so long to everything else and hello Venezuela!

Guest
4 months ago

^^^ Above comment is a dumb one ^^

Guest
4 months ago

But your comment is dumber.

Guest
4 months ago

Ok Chop.

Guest
4 months ago

Fortunately, in the past Democrats have failed to get unanimous votes from their own party on draconian gun control laws.

Guest
4 months ago

I loathe mcconnell, but this article misses the point. circumventing the need for compromise is subjugation, not democracy. conservatives tolerate the lefts excesses because we still believe we can convince people to join us given a genuine opportunity to discuss things rationally. admittedly, that opportunity is being threatened by the left, but it has not yet been removed. if the left continues with their intent to subjugate the right, then Jan 6 will be a firework show next to the explosion of outrage when the right has been effectively disenfranchised. the left would respond exactly the same in the reverse circumstance, but such actions are fundamentally counter to conservative principals. that is why the left is raising the specter of white supremacy. it is a boogeyman to justify the militarization which is necessary to subjugate the right when it rebels against their enslavement.

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