I like and support Ilhan Omar but honestly this is about the right response.— Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) May 29, 2021
I really don't see how feeding into liberals' obsession with exaggerating a riot that was entirely non-lethal on the rioters' side into an all-important event–The Insurrection–serves left-wing goals. https://t.co/7qoa3mYd6W
Leftists getting emotionally invested in defending liberals' script in every stupid little culture war skirmish does nothing to serve any left-wing goal that actually matters.— Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) May 29, 2021
The grandstanding over the January 6th commission is nothing more than empty political theater like the original Stop the Steal rally which is only memorable because it unexpectedly spiraled into a riot. The way that the Democrats are dwelling on it months later is beating a dead horse.
“Three times in the past year, American democracy has been tested. Once, and most consequentially, it emerged victorious. The subsequent two tests have not turned out as well, and that is a bleak omen for whenever the next test arrives. …
A majority of senators, 54, voted for the commission, but the measure needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. Only 39 senators voted against. Eleven senators didn’t bother to cast a vote. (In their defense, the outcome was all but certain, and how do you weigh a violent attack on your workplace against wanting to get out of town for a holiday weekend?)
Republicans as a whole were not willing to examine what happened on January 6. They wouldn’t step aside and allow a majority of their colleagues to do it. They wouldn’t vote to let Collins introduce a measure that would have watered down the commission. The GOP was prepared to block any and every version of an investigation.
This, too, is a defeat for democracy. Protections of minority interests are essential, but nothing about a January 6 commission represented an infringement on the rights of any minority bloc (nor, for that matter, did certifying the election or impeaching the former president). …”
Why has the news cycle returned to January and February, anyway?
Luke Savage is angry that the Senate is working the way it is supposed to. After all, we live in a constitutional republic, not a direct democracy. The Founders were even less impressed with democracy which they chained down like a beast. They didn’t give women the right to vote. BIPOC people didn’t have the right to vote. Senators were also elected by state legislatures until the 20th century.
“By virtually any metric, the United States Senate is one of the most undemocratic legislative bodies in the advanced capitalist world. Given the geographic distribution of America’s population, the majority living in nine states wields a mere eighteen votes to the minority’s eighty-two: a balance of forces so disproportionate, most citizens of other countries would probably find it incomprehensible. In no other country could a jurisdiction the size of California (home to nearly 40 million people) possess the same legislative clout as Wyoming (home to less than 600,000). The Senate, in fact, is not so much undemocratic as it is antidemocratic — its design acting as a check on majority rule by default.
All of this would remain the case without the chamber’s current filibuster rules in place: rules so absurdly obstructive that senators representing as little as 11 percent of the US population cannot only defeat any bill but prevent it from coming to the floor. Not without justification, this fact in particular is currently in the minds of many rank-and-file liberals and activists hoping to force Democratic leaders to actually approve the popular legislation for which some have voiced nominal support: the transformative PRO Act, health care reform, a $15 minimum wage, and democratic countermeasures to the state-level Republican assault on voting rights, to name just a few. On Friday, the Senate voted 54-35 in favor of establishing a commission to investigate the events of January 6 — an effort supported by many liberals and one destined to fail thanks to the legislature’s arcane sixty-vote requirement. …”
Where was all of this anger about democracy when Democrats repeatedly used the filibuster to block Trump’s agenda?
“WASHINGTON — Republicans on Friday blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, using their filibuster power in the Senate for the first time this year to doom a full accounting of the deadliest attack on Congress in centuries.
The vote was a stark display of loyalty to former President Donald J. Trump and political self-interest by Republicans determined to shield themselves from an inquiry that could tarnish their party. They feared an investigation that would remind voters of the consequences of Mr. Trump’s election lies and how Republican lawmakers indulged them, spurring their supporters to violence.
It all but guaranteed that there would be no comprehensive nonpartisan inquiry into the attack’s root causes, the former president’s conduct as his supporters threatened lawmakers and the vice president, or any connections between his allies in Congress and the rioters. …”
We’ve already had an impeachment over this in February.
The Democrats want to talk endlessly about this to distract attention from the fact that nothing else is getting though the Senate. Forget about the PRO Act. Forget about the Equality Act. Forget about HR 1. Forget about gun control. Forget about DC statehood. Forget about the George Floyd Act. Forget about the DREAM Act and the farmworker amnesty. Even infrastructure is stalled.
Note: BTW, the only thing that Republicans are good for is blocking the Democrat agenda, which we must admit is not nothing.