D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
I can’t hear the word “filibuster” without thinking of Jimmy Stewart’s performance in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It was the high point of the story, after all—the good-hearted senator taking a stand for what he believed to be right. Holding his own against the big dogs, the ones who thought the little guy would bow to their pressure.
Maybe you remember it:
(YouTube: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
Filibusters have had their place in the fabric of American politics, but now the Democrats are threatening to get rid of them. Our current Senators are split over whether or not this is a good idea. 41% of U.S. voters favor getting rid of it, according to a new Rasmussen report. 49% are opposed and 11% are unsure.
Hillary Clinton recently spoke out on the issue. Here’s what she had to say:
“The filibuster stands in the way of a lot of legislation and whether or not it can be either reformed and amended or eliminated is what we will find out in next weeks. It certainly should be lifted for constitutional matters, and I would put election law matters at the top of that list.”
It stands to reason that if Hillary is for it, I’m automatically going to be against it. I honestly can’t remember one thing I’ve ever agreed with Hillary on, so why start now?
I’m not alone, of course. If I’m remembering correctly, the Democrats used to favor keeping the filibuster. . .when it worked to their advantage to do so. That was in 2017, when they were in the minority.
That was then, this is now. They’re in control and ready to push it through so that they can legislate with ultimate authority.
The words “power grab” come to mind here. “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and all that. . .
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinks the filibuster should go. So does Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) who had this to say in a recent tweet: “Abolish the filibuster, and let’s pass bold, progressive legislation to deliver on our promises.”
One can only imagine the “bold, progressive legislation” they would pass.
Schumer and Omar join many other Democrats in wanting to rid the country of this long-standing tradition.
I tend to believe the filibuster is a necessary “checks and balances” strategy that protects whoever happens to be in the minority at any given time. And let’s face it—what seems appealing to the Dems today could be devastating to them after we win back the Senate in 2022. No one likes to be steamrolled, after all, and power-hungry Senators on both sides of the aisle love to wield their power when they have it.
This country is already split down the middle. All we need is one more divisive move from The Left to send us reeling. So, let’s hang on to whatever options we can. . .while we can.