Joe Manchin Sucks, the Senate is Absurd

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    • #428531
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      Yes, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (Demublican-WV) is a repugnant reptile who richly deserves your contempt. His vapid, fascism-enabling opposition to ending the Senate filibuster and to passing the We the People Act (H.R.1) is despicable.

      The filibuster, which requires 60 of 100 Senate votes to hear and pass a bill, is an arch-reactionary practice long used to block elementary civil rights, labor, and other reforms. As long as it holds, Congress is a big sadistic game of right-wing Simon Says.

      You can forget about seeing the passage of serious and substantive liberal and progressive reforms, no matter how much support such reforms have from, well, we the people. The re-legalization of union organizing (as in the House-passed Protect the Right to Organize Act)? Serious gun control measures to block the insane, escalating epidemic of firearms violence and mass shootings? Substantive police reform to end the continuing epidemic of racist police brutality?

      You can forget about all that and more as long as the neofascist white nationalist party of Trump, January 6, and the Big Lie has the power to invoke the filibuster and say “no, sorry, we no like, that’s communism.”


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      His party loves him.  So does the GOP.  Y’all keep voting for the blue!

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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    • #428534
      Ohio Barbarian
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      There, fixed if for Paul Street. The Senate is a reactionary institution whose only purpose is obstruction of the popular will, and should be abolished as far as I’m concerned. Of course, I’d get rid of the presidency as well.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      maybe he sucks to provide his party with an excuse for doing nothing.

      Manchin Again at the Center of the Democrats’ Agenda Troubles (

      • #428589
        Populist Prole
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        maybe he sucks to provide his party with an excuse for doing nothing

        It worked fabulously well for Barack Obama:

        • Early in when the dems had majorities, he torpedoed the agenda he ran on by catering to the republicans with “reaching across the aisle” bi-partisan bullshit.
        • After the 2010 GOP blow-out in the senate and house he could claim he couldn’t enact the policies he ran on due to republican obstruction.

        Thus, the democrats were covered either way, as were the corporate interests they carried water for.

        OK, BO did in fact use the bully-pulpit once…to push a corporate-crafted Asian trade deal, though he had a tantrum when faced with its unpopularity with the voters.


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