Sunday – Part I

The forces of evil had perhaps their best week in Washington since January 6th. Most often I choose the biggest political story of the week just ended as the subject of my Sunday article. This week I have a three-way tie and therefore it will be Sunday on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week. I will cover them in the order they occurred. Today’s subject will be a vote in the Senate.

Tuesday the Senate voted on whether to debate a bill to expand voter access and protect voting. The Republicans successfully filibustered it. Keep in mind we are not talking about defeating the bill or offering amendments, (I think amendments could have improved the bill); we are talking about refusing to even debate the topic.

The filibuster was sustained by a vote of 51-49. All Republicans, (joined by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on strictly procedural grounds) constituted the 51. Voting is the core of democracy, especially a representative democracy -which is what America is. To obstruct and/or nullify voting is about the most anti-democratic – or in this case anti-American – thing you can do. (Except possibly attempt or facilitate an attempt to overthrow the government, i.e. 1/6.)

As part of the voter guide function of following is a listing of the 50. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley of Missouri, John Boozman and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Mike Braun and Todd Young of Indiana, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven of North Dakota, Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Moscow Mitch McConnell (I bet Vlad loved this vote) and Rand Paul of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Rounds and John Thune of South Dakota, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama along with Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Remember those names. They have exposed themselves as enemies of American democracy.

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