June 10, 2021 NY Public Library. Fifth Ave and 42 st.
NYC Communists took to the steps of the main library to
"Defend Democracy. Kill the Filibuster.Protect Voting Rights"
"The filibuster, is a longstanding Senate tradition requiring 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to advance a bill, effectively allows the minority party to block certain legislation."
The "Progressives" claim Killing The Filibuster is necessary to STOP the Republicans, who only care about power and MONEY.
Rise and Resist - NY Marxists gathered to rant and chant against the supposed disenfranchisement of people of color.
"Eliminate the filibuster? Both Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) emphatically say no. Both say the
filibuster is key to making bipartisanship possible, and bipartisanship
is the linchpin to a functioning Senate and democracy."
The chant leader, Jay Walker of LGBTQ & Gays against Guns, marched back and forth, never giving a glance towards a black heckler who seemed to be challenging the Rise/Resisters. (I was never was totally sure who she was with since she was difficult to understand.) What I heard her say: "Joe Biden is a Democrat. White Republicans. Justice, Justice. We The People" and my personal favorite, "THE PLAGUE. THE PLAGUE !"
Presuming she wasn't WITH them, they wisely handled her with good nature.
Flickr Slide show
Video Part 1 CHANTS. Jay Walker lead the chants: "When voting rights are under attack, whatta we do, stand up, fight back; Voting Rights are Civil Rights; Voting is a Right, Not Just for the Rich and White; Same Day Registration; End purges of Voter Rolls"
.Video Part 2 HECKLER cancelled out most of what Jay Walker was shouting to the crowd on the steps. But I did hear him say: "End Voter Suppression; Get money out of politics; on-line voter registration; same day registration; get ... money out of politics!" WHILE she heckled with "Joe Biden is a Democrat. White Republicans. Justice, Justice, We The People" and "THE PLAGUE. THE PLAGUE !"
Until the Democrats control the votes in the Senate they will no longer be enamored of the filibuster (even though the Dems used filibuster 327 times compared to only once by the GOP in 2020). However, with the current 50/50 split, they now claim the filibuster to be a tool that ONLY the Repubs will use to shut down 'comity'.
Mazie Hirono, reacting to Kyrsten Sinema's op-ed opposing reducing the filibuster's 60-vote threshold, said Dem priorities will be stymied. "So if we don't make the changes to the filibuster, then I think we are going to look at losing the House and Senate, anyway," Hirono said.
Even if Kill the Filibuster is achieved, I doubt the Democrats would let its demise be permanent. As long as there is a minority party that could muck up the Dems lofty plans, the filibuster will surely RISE again.
Meanwhile, in 2021, Sen. Sinema has said, in SUPPORT of the filibuster:
“When you have a system that is not working effectively — and I would think that most would agree that the Senate is not a particularly well-oiled machine,” Sinema said. “The way to fix that is to fix your behavior, not to eliminate the rules or change the rules, but to change the behavior.”
But WaPo has said of the stalemate:
The Senate Republicans have shown no sign they are about to change their behavior. When it comes to the key issues facing the country — from saving democracy to tax reform to climate change — it will take a rules change: eliminating or at least modifying the filibuster to put the burden on the minority instead of the majority, to give at least a spur to cooperation." (Wa Po)
There is ONLY ONE Solution:
For a "fair and equitable future", free of the bonds of capitalism,
... we must listen to their 'leaders' ...
[Pictures and Videos Property of Pamela Hall-VSB]
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