Biden Against Filibuster Removal… Again.

You have to admit one thing when it comes to Joe Biden. You have no idea where he’s going with his belief system. One day he’s against abortion because he’s Catholic. The next day he’s for abortion because while HIS religion says you can’t do it, he doesn’t feel it’s his place to tell a woman not to do it. Just think what Jesus would have thought about that logic!

Well, the same thing holds true when it comes to the Senate Democrats’ threat to end the filibuster. Back in the day, when Biden was actually in the Senate, he said it was a stupid idea. He was totally against it. He even felt that way on the campaign trail (his basement) last year. Then he gets elected, and he changes his mind. He realizes that with a 50-50 split in the Senate, there’s no way in the world he can get anything passed that doesn’t have to do with an appointment, or “budget reconciliation”. So, he comes out in favor of it.

Now apparently, he’s found a middle ground. Oh, he’s said this before, but he’s landed on what he feels is a safe space. Biden’s take now is that the 60 vote rule known as filibuster should stay in place, but only like it was when his good pal, Strom Thurmond used it to filibuster the passing of the Civil Rights Legislation back in the 1960’s. Thurmond spoke for 24 straight hours without yielding the floor. THAT is the filibuster Biden is in favor of keeping. He’s not in favor of needing some sort of “supermajority” to pass legislation.

But that’s where he’s dead wrong.

If you go back to the founding of our country and what the Fathers back then wanted, they wanted the House of Representatives to be the “House of the People”, where the weird and imaginative ideas could be brought out. The Senate on the other hand was the more deliberative body. They were the ones that wanted to take the time, slow things down, hash things out, debate, and without time limits or restrictions. Hence, if you wanted to talk for 24 hours straight, you could.

Biden did get one thing right. He said that if they get rid of the filibuster, his whole legislative agenda is out the window because Congress would slump into chaos. And I thought they were already there! He’s afraid of what I would call the “Harry Reid Effect”. Remember when Reid decided to help Bobo Obama in his first term by allowing 51 votes to pass nominations (except Supreme Court Justices). That allowed Obama to pack the federal courts with liberal judges. And it worked. Until the Democrats weren’t in charge of the Senate anymore. Then the Republicans, playing tit for tat, expanded the nomination rule to include Supreme Court Justices. Now a mere 51 votes could seat someone on the high court bench. Apparently Reid wasn’t as brilliant as he was made out to be. Democrats passed the “budget reconciliation” way back in 1974 when Mike Mansfield (D, MT) got the bill passed.

Biden is afraid that with the looming changeover in 2022, Republicans may very well decide his term is over and not pass anything that he proposes if he backs the ouster of the filibuster. And he’s probably right on that account!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

It’s Just The First Punch

Earlier this past week, the Republicans used the dreaded filibuster to end the Democrats’ hopes of insuring a Democrat Congress and Presidency long into the future. They tried it with something called “For The People Act”, better known as H1 and S1.

It wasn’t the first time it’s been tried.

Fresh off an election that had a lot of people screaming that the entire national election was thrown because of fraudulent voting and ballot stuffing in five states, Democrats seemed to want no part of that in the future. Well, no part of being accused. So, they put together H1, which basically increased rather than decreased the ability and possibility of fraudulent voting across the country. It would do that by increasing mail-in voting, where there is no way of absolutely knowing who voted, how many times they voted or if the ballots were actually real or reproduced.

And the Republicans decided, since they had a minority in the Senate, the only way to stop this robbing of the freedom to elect whomever we want, was to use the filibuster, they did. And did it ever piss off the Democrats. Now they are calling it the “Killibuster” because it ruined their day. Actually what it did was save the day, just as the Founding Fathers had planned.

The Senate was never supposed to be this knee-jerk, quick response body. That was what the House of Representatives was for. There, people could float weird new ideas and see if they stuck. If they did, the Senate would deliberate. They would poke holes in it. They were the adults in the room, whereas the House was the teenager with the messy bedroom who only wanted to go out on Friday and Saturday nights.

And since the filibuster was put into place, it’s been used by the minority to slow down and in a lot of cases halt the process of making a bill law. I can tell you that if you were to research the history of the number of laws, a lot of them really bad ideas, that the filibuster has prevented from getting to the President’s desk, you’d be amazed. “For The People Act” was just one example of that.

No, the Democrats want to figure out how to end the filibuster because it stands in their way of taking total control. It’s a typical Democrat response really. If you can’t win through legitimate means, then change the rules so you can. If you can’t win by changing the rules, it’s ok to cheat to win because the important thing is THAT you win. The ends justifies the means with these folks.

But don’t think for a minute that the Democrats’ chances to end the filibuster are over. They’re just getting warmed up. And don’t think that H1 and S1 are going away. Oh, it’s going away for this session, but like the attempts to get rid of the filibuster, it may fail this time around but it will be back in some other fashion up the road. It always is.

We can thank Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, two Democrat Senators that have publicly said they are not going to back the party by trying to take away the filibuster. That means that there are only 48 Senators that would back it currently. And if all of the Republicans would stick together, along with Manchin and Sinema, it loses 48-52. That’s far less than the 60 votes required to get rid of it. And Dems’ haven’t figured out how to include getting rid of the filibuster in their “budget reconciliation” process. If they ever do, our country receives the final nail in the coffin.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Did McConnell Cave On The Filibuster?

Mitch McConnell had originally told new Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer that in order to start dealing with Republicans on how to set up the Senate for at least the next two years, Schumer had to agree not to kill the filibuster. Schumer said it was not going to happen.

And it appears that Mitch McConnell has decided it’s best to plant the flag in a different part of Schumer’s body, he has backed off from that demand. So, what does the former Majority Leader know that the new Majority Leader apparently doesn’t?

He knows that Chuck Schumer has all of the responsibility of being the Majority Leader, but none of the power that goes along with the job. And he knows that he, now as Minority Leader has all of the power that SHOULD go along with the job, but McConnell doesn’t have any of the responsibilities. That would put McConnell in the better position I would assume.

McConnell also knows that West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin has told the world that he is not going to vote for getting rid of the filibuster. Manchin has always been a man of his word, and is probably the most conservative member of the Democrat caucus. So, without his vote to kill the filibuster, there are a lot of things that just won’t happen.

McConnell knows that if Manchin were to follow through on his statement, not only would there not be a killing of the filibuster, but you would therefore need 60 votes to pass most items that would come before the Senate in the next two years (at least). That would mean there would be no packing of the Supreme Court (which Manchin has also said he’s against). There would also be no statehood for Washington, DC, or for Puerto Rico, and the additional four Senators that would come along with it, since it’s going to take 60 votes to get there, and it’s highly doubtful that 10 Republicans are going to cross the aisle and vote with Democrats on that one, since it would pretty well guarantee Democrat rule in the Senate for the foreseeable future.

And so, knowing all of that, Mitch McConnell can sit back and sip some of that Kentucky Bourbon his state is known for and smile. Because even with Kamala Harris sitting as the President of the Senate, her vote probably won’t mean anything if they can’t get to 60.

And there are a few other Senators from what I’ve read that are balking at trying to get rid of the filibuster. In layman’s parlance, the votes just ain’t there. And you can’t move anything forward unless you have the votes. Schumer may talk a big game, as he did in the first impeachment trial, but in the end, he doesn’t have the ability to move anything forward unless he’s dealing with judicial appointments and the like. The real heavy lifting is going to be relegated to the next Senate to deal with…possibly. Either that, or the Democrats are going to have to realize that they are going to have to make some deals that the Republicans are wanting to make. But the filibuster? It’s off the table.

And Mitch McConnell can smile while the uber-leftists clamor around Schumer wanting him to bring up bills they have no chance in hell of passing. Oh, it’s going to be fun to watch the Senate for the next couple of years!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Manchin Allays Fears

While Republicans seemed to be breathing a sign of relief that the possibility of Democrats taking over the Senate and doing the nasty to the filibuster, and statehood for Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, and of course the whole court-packing thing going by the wayside, apparently their fears were unfounded by an unlikely source.

Joe Manchin apparently has come to the Republicans’ rescue.

Manchin, the conservative Democrat from West Virginia is mostly likely the reddest of the Democrats in the Senate right now. And while he voted against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court based on the nomination being so close to an election, he has come out and said that no…even if the two runoffs in Georgia go to the Democrats and it ends up being a 50/50 tie in the Senate (which would give Dems’ the tie-breaker with Kamala Harris as VP casting the tie-breaking vote), there’s no need to worry.

Manchin has said that when it comes to packing the court, and killing the filibuster, he’s against both items. He doesn’t want anything to do with either of them, so in the even unlikely event that Democrats take both seats in the Georgia Runoff Elections on January 5th, it won’t matter. They would still lose 51-49 on both of those counts (assuming all the Republicans would be voting against them and all Democrats would be voting for them).

And even though it looks like the GOP did indeed dodge a bullet, and will still control the Senate for the next two years, Manchin’s comments show that really it isn’t about Democrat and Republican as much as it is about right and wrong. Back when FDR tried to pack the court in order to pass his socialist agendas, he failed primarily because it was a Republican controlled Senate, and because it was the wrong thing to do. Today, it’s still the wrong thing to do. Manchin even mentioned Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the “nuclear option” for Bobo Obama in 2013 that gave the Democrats the ability to pass all presidential appointments except Supreme Court Justices with 51 votes as opposed to the 60 votes that had been the case. That opened the door some four years later for Mitch McConnell to expand that option to Supreme Court Justices, which has led to not only Neil Gorsuch and Bret Kavanaugh, but also Amy Coney Barrett to swing the high court far to the right.

Manchin is right when it comes to protecting traditions in the upper house of Congress. The filibuster should stay in place. And yes, maybe an amendment to the Constitution would be in order to set the number of Supreme Court Justices at nine. But that seems very unlikely with the political landscape in DC as it currently stands. Though I’m sure there could be 38 states out there that would go along with it, getting two-thirds of both the House and Senate to agree that the sky is blue would be a stretch. That means 292 House members would have to be in favor of it, and 67 Senators would have to go along with it. The president, by the way, has no say in Constitutional Amendments. However, holding traditions seems to be something the left doesn’t want to do, especially if it means they can shut out Republican control for decades to come. And there is the difference between your typical Democrat today and someone like Manchin. He’s a realist. He’s even someone I may someday be able to vote for. I said someday. Not today.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Democrats Keep Stepping In It

Oh, it’s been going on for quite some time. In fact, I think it was Rush Limbaugh who once said that when Democrats are out of power, and their backs are against the wall is when they are the most fun to watch because that’s when they get the craziest. I think he was right.

Let’s review some interesting points, shall we?

We begin with the replace of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Supreme Court Justice. Now, first and foremost, you have to remember that when Bobo Obama was President, he tried, as did a lot of folks in the Senate to get Ginsburg to retire. She didn’t want to. She said she’d keep her job as long as she was able. And she did. Except she screwed her own philosophy by dying when a Republican was in the White House, and held sway in the Senate.

There have been 29 times in our country’s history where a sitting Supreme Court Justice has died during the final year of a president’s term. Out of those 29 times, the party in control of the White House was the same party in control of the Senate 19 of those times. In EACH time, a new Supreme Court Justice was nominated and confirmed during the president’s final year in office. 10 times the party in charge of the White House differed from the party in the Senate. In all but two instances, though the president made the nomination, it was not carried out by the Senate. History is on the side of the Republicans, regardless what the Democrats say.

Chuck Schumer has stated that “everything is on the table” should the Democrats win the Senate back. What he’s referring to are a few things. First, they want to pack the Supreme Court, getting it to 12 members from the current nine. That was tried in the FDR administration since the high court kept slapping down FDR’s proposals as unconstitutional. He threatened to pack the court with liberals and socialists, but never did.

Second, Schumer wants to do away with the filibuster because then whichever party is in charge can run the Senate with just a plain majority. They can shut down debate with only 50 Senators so long as the Vice President is of the same party. That’s not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. They wanted the Senate to be the more “deliberative” body. They wanted the Senate to take their time, hash things out, and reach a consensus. Democrats are ready to trash that because they have been getting beat.

And, in an effort to pack the Senate, Schumer wants to admit Puerto Rico (typically they vote Democrat in primaries), and Washington, DC (they ALWAYS vote Democrat) as the 51st, and 52nd state. That would insure four more Senators that are Democrats. Ah, but there’s a problem with that. Congress has to authorize statehood, and the President has to sign off on it according to Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution. If Donald Trump is President, or the Republicans control one of the houses of Congress, the chances of that happening are nil. And Democrats would have to have a veto-proof majority in both houses in order to override Trump’s veto.

And, in a non-Washington political “oops”, Seattle’s City Council just voted down Mayor Jenny Durkin’s $3 million police defunding project. The vote was 7-2. Apparently, when people realize that cutting the funding for the cops means that there will be fewer cops and more bad guys on the street, they’re not so much in favor of cutting the funding anymore. Go figure!

The Democrat posturing is just the latest blather coming from the left. It’s one more example that shows that if they can’t win at the ballot box, Democrats will try anything to get control. And THAT is why it’s important to vote out Democrat Senators and Representatives and vote in Republicans this election day!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Filibuster Going The Way Of The Dinosaurs?

If the Democrats get control of the United States Senate, their plan is to make sure that they have a majority proof run from here until Jesus returns. They are looking to do so by eliminating one of the last bastions of what differentiates the Senate from the House of Representatives…the filibuster.

When the Founding Fathers set up the Capitol as a bicameral House and Senate, they did so with differences in mind. The House was to be “The House of the People”, and the Senate was to be the more judicial and thought-provoking body. That’s why in the House you have more members, who have rules such as time-limits to debate. There is no time-limit to debate in the Senate. It’s to be more deliberative. It gives members more time to reflect, to research, and to come up with solutions the House members may have missed.

Because of that, it would take 60 votes to call off debate in the Senate. That meant if a party wanted to filibuster, they could, by keeping the floor until their wasn’t a quorum or until the other party left in sufficient numbers where they could call for a vote. Thus “going to the mattresses” meant Senators would sleep in the Cloakrooms where they could be ready at a moment’s notice to vote if the need arose. But in recent times you didn’t have but the token filibuster where someone would stand and talk for hours on end, ala Rand Paul. Nowadays, rather than actually stand and hold the floor, the party that has more than 40 members can hold the vote ransom just by having more than 40 votes. That is until Harry Reid came along.

Reid decided that he’d do away with the 60 vote rule to allow Bobo Obama to have a better chance to get his nominations for federal judges passed. So, they changed the rule allowing all appiontments to be approved with a simple majority vote except Supreme Court Justices. And when Mitch McConnell took over as the Majority Leader, he continued the slippery slope slide by extending the simple majority vote to all appointees.

But if the Democrats succeed in taking over the Senate, and do away with the filibuster all together, they are going to be able to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court by a simple majority vote. And no…there’s nothing anywhere in the Constitution that says how many justices need to be on the high court. It’s totally open. In fact, FDR tried to pack the Supreme Court to get all of his socialist ideas through back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He wasn’t successful.

So, you wonder why it’s important for Republicans to band together and get out and vote for their Senators as well as the President this year? There is the biggest reason. If the Democrats are able to get rid of the filibuster, they are going to be able to hold sway in Washington for decades to come. And it will change the face of our country forever. We will no longer be a Democratic Republic. We will become a socialist state no better than Cuba or Venezuela.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Scrapping Tradition

When the House and Senate were set up by the Founding Fathers, they were supposed to be two entirely different bodies, comprised of different people, who looked at the same piece of legislation differently. The House was the “People’s House” because the members were directly elected by the people in the various districts. They would be more of a popular gauge as to what their constituents wanted. The Senate, meanwhile were originally appointed by the state legislatures, and would be more of the deliberative body. They would think, and debate, and mull things over…not making snap decisions. In the end, the Founding Fathers felt that would give both sides the ability to create laws, and yet, they wouldn’t be able to act too quickly or in haste.

Well, all of that is going to change should Democrats take over the Senate in 2020, and also maybe win the White House. As the Dem’s have done in years gone by with the confirmation process, they are looking at getting rid of the “filibuster”. It’s the time honored tradition whereby you can’t be interrupted on the Senate floor if you are speaking. Think of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington with Jimmy Stewart, where Smith filibusters and talks until he’s blue in the face. Think of Rand Paul filibustering six years ago (yes…it’s been that long ago) on drone strikes on US Citizens. That one went 13 hours.

Well, Democrats want to do away with needing 60 votes to get “cloture” or stopping debate on a bill. They think a simple majority is worth it. Of course, the Democrats have been busy lately trying to re-write the way everything political is done. They’ve wanted to lower the voting age to 16. However they want to raise the age of owning a gun. They want to do away with the Electoral College, which gives small states like Ohio, and Rhode Island, and the Dakota’s and my state of Arizona somewhat of a say in presidential elections, instead of having just the big states like California, New York, Texas, and Illinois having the most say because they have the most people.

And of course, they are scrapping about having only nine Supreme Court Justices because they are on the short end of that stick as well. They want to have 15 Justices, so in case they take over the White House, they can once again, reclaim the majority on the High Court.

All of these ideas are ludicrous. They are being bandied about simply because the Democrats see that they can’t win elections through normal balloting, so they have to tilt the playing field in their favor. Yes, some even want to give the illegal aliens living in this country the right to vote! How is it that you’re going to give someone that doesn’t even belong here the ability to decide who is going to represent them? If ICE found them, they’d be deported! That’s absolute insanity.

And yet, that’s the type of government you have waiting for you if the Democrats succeed in November, 2020. I have a very difficult time believing Americans really would allow that to happen, until I see a poll on MSN.com that says about 52% of people would like to do away with the Electoral College. Yikes! These people don’t have a clue why it’s there in the first place. They just think that a popular vote, which gives five states the right to elect the president regardless what the rest of the country felt, is a good thing. Talk about having your vote taken away and disenfranchising you! Of course, that would probably end up in the Supreme Court, which should call it unconstitutional. And there’s no way the left could pass a constitutional amendment to make it happen. No…the snowflakes are going to be left out on the cold on this one. Oh, it’s fun to listen to them make fools of themselves and banter all the blather we hear. But that’s what you get when you elect idiots to our nation’s capital to represent us!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!