• November 27, 2021

Republicans really don’t like Democrats fighting

Proponents of obstructionism in the Senate are either Republicans who enjoy blocking progressive legislation or Democrats who still believe in bipartisanship (ie, “fools”). People are free to debate the merits of filibuster, but it is obvious that the principles behind which Republican supporters hide are just sophisms. We know this from the way they have responded to Texas Democrats leaving the state to block the state GOP voter suppression bill.

Republicans have accused Texas Democrats of abandoning their duties, when in reality Democrats risk going to jail to defend the right to vote of their constituents. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has promised to arrest the Democrats who left the state.

“As soon as they return to the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be housed inside the Texas capitol until they do their job,” Abbott said.

There is no real “job” for Democrats other than to serve as passive witnesses while Republicans pass the bill in a party line vote. Abbott sounds like the twisted heavy in an action movie who wants Democrats to see how Republicans kill democracy in front of them.

However, the Democrats’ departure denies the Republican-led legislature a quorum, so they are unable to do business. Democrats are simply exploiting the same parliamentary loopholes as Senate filibuster, which Republicans and fools (my least favorite music group) insist will somehow preserve democracy. This puts on the brakes for now The whole culture war trash horror show. that Abbott considers legislative priorities, such as banning transgender children from playing sports and ending the scourge of critical race theory.


During an appearance in Laura Ingraham’s White Power Hour, Abbott accused the Democrats of “running away from a fight”, because Republicans only consider a fair fight if Democrats stay there and get hit like when Bluto would use Popeye as a punching bag. God forbid the Democrats use every available weapon against these morons. That is un-American.

This is at least a walking obstructionism that Democrats have to try harder than just stating bankruptcy a filibuster like the Senate Republicans every other day. The 1/6 commission “failed” with a majority vote. How is that about democracy?

Democrats aren’t just delaying the inevitable with a flashy stunt. His bold move forces debate on the bill that Republicans would have happily passed in the dark. It also shames fools who mistake selfish opinion pieces for worthwhile legislative action.

There is no real defense for a bill that is clearly designed to suppress the vote, But Texas Senator Ted Cruz has no problem defending the indefensible. This is how he convinced Heidi to marry him. Last night on Fox News, Cruz said:

It is ironic. As they got on their private jet to fly to Washington DC, they almost certainly had to show identification to get on that jet.

How ironic indeed! Democrats flew to Washington DC because driving would have taken longer. Cruz is so predictably fake. This is what happens when you let your blood sugar levels rise to 90 percent of sufficiency. Republicans conveniently focus on the most superficially reasonable part of these voter suppression laws: voter identification. After all, as Cruz points out, people need identification to board planes, which is a constitutional right … no, wait, it’s not. It’s like I’m being a master of ceremonies Theater of false equivalence. The Texas voter suppression bill would ban direct and 24-hour voting, drastically restrict access to absentee ballots, and increase ballot observation requirements. Republicans yell “NAZI!” When airlines require the use of masks during flights amid a global pandemic.

A better comparison here is gun ownership, which is a constitutional right that Cruz believes should have as few barriers as possible. The praised carry without permission, for example, that it would no longer require Texas residents to obtain a firearm license if state or federal law does not prohibit them from owning a weapon. The For the People Act, which Republicans uniformly oppose, would offer automatic voter registration to begin, so that eligible citizens would not have to go through obstacles to exercise their right to vote.

Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson declared today that he did not come to Washington “to take a vacation” but to make sure “that the rights of my constituents are not taken away from them.”

He added that Republicans in the Texas Legislature “may have changed the messiah from Jesus to Trump, but not me.”

Texas Republicans, like their counterparts in several other states, are passing simple majority voter suppression bills. If a 60-vote threshold were required, even the most conservative states would not have enough votes. This includes Texas, which (proportionally) would need 90 out of 150 votes. They only have 83. Thompson and his fellow Democrats only ask for a level playing field. If Republicans have no qualms about restricting voting rights on one party line, the majority vote, then Senate Democrats shouldn’t find it beneath them to do the same.

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