GOP Filibuster Highlights Democrats’ “Big Lie”

GOP Filibuster Highlights Democrats’ “Big Lie”

GOP Filibuster Highlights Democrats’ “Big Lie”

As today’s GOP filibuster to block debate on the For The People Act causes Democrats to scream, it also gives rise to their own “Big Lie.”  For the last six months, Democrats having been pushing the narrative that HR1 is in response to Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from him.

They have been shouting that democracy cannot be reestablished until we “restore voter’s rights” and “end voter suppression” by the Big Bad Meanies in Republican-held legislations across the country. Hogwash!

This bill has been swirling the toilet since 2019 and has nothing to do with the 2020 Election, Donald Trump or the mantle they hang around his neck: The Big Lie.

In today’s Washington Post’s article, they contradict themselves and support my assertion in two compelling points:

“It came after Democrat after Democrat delivered warnings about the dire state of American democracy, blaming former president Donald Trump for undermining its foundations by challenging the 2020 election results, which prompted his supporters in numerous state legislatures to pass new laws rolling back ballot access.”

followed later on with:

“Republicans, however, exhibited little discomfort in their blanket opposition to the Democratic voting bill — largely written before the 2020 election and goes well beyond election access standards to federally dictate new rules on campaign financing, government ethics, congressional redistricting and much more.”

So how can it both be a response to Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” AND largely written BEFORE the damned election??  As they say on Sesame Street, One of These Things is Not Like the Others!

So for all of Chuck Schumer’s pandering today, his remarks just remind us that if his lips are a-flappin’, he’s a lyin’!

In the clip above, Schumer breathlessly recounts how Republican’s “voted against starting debate, STARTING DEBATE!” on this Bill they ignominious call For The People Act.  I think I’m going to start a new acronym.  I was going to call his pontificating a bunch of BS, but I think we need to add BL to our lexicon these days.  Short for Big Lie.  So I’ll just say he’s full of BL.

The debate was started over two years ago when John Sarbanes introduced the For the People Act in 2019.  Much like the current iteration, The House passed the bill on March 8, 2019 by a party-line vote of 234–193. And similarly died at the hands of Mitch McConnel in the Republican held Senate at the time.  God how that must have pissed them off today!  Cocaine Mitch won as both majority and minority leader!!??  That Sumbitch!

But the fact that this piece of legislation has been bandied about for over two years doesn’t fit the narrative that Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” is the cause of all their consternation and they can rightly suppose that most American’s have no idea that this has been debated that long.  The For the People Act is and has been Democrat’s endeavor to cling to power in perpetuity.

As Senator Ted Cruz so rightly calls it, this piece of legislation is better called The Corrupt Politicians Act!

I have to say, it is with some sense of schadenfreude that Vice President Kamala Harris rode in on her big white broom pony to save the day on this.  At the expense of all her other obligations (LIKE THE BORDER!!) she neglected them instead to oversee the failure of this???  What a loser.

“It’s especially sweet that Senate Republicans filibustered the Democrats’ For the People Act with Vice President Kamala Harris presiding since among the many jobs given to her by President Joe Biden was to oversee the passage of the bill.”

As they say the quiet part out loud in this article:

“The bill would overhaul campaign finance laws, ban voter ID requirements, extend early voting days, reform redistricting, and enable ballot harvesting.”

According to yesterday’s release of Monmouth University’s recent polling,

“[F}ully 4 in 5 Americans (80%) support requiring voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot.”

And THAT is why Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema oppose blowing up the filibuster for this piece of crap.  Voters will have their head’s on a pike come next election cycle if they allow this garbage to get enacted.

The filibuster has long been called the soul of the Senate.  It has been watered down over the years, most recently in 2013 and 2017 as both political parties took aim at the other to get their way over executive branch nominations and judicial nominations respectively.  But the thrust of filibuster is to protect our country from the passions of the moment until cooler heads prevail.  And there is no more passionate debate we have these days than both sides screaming about “The Big Lie!”


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