Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced his plans to force a reckoning on legislation to protect voting rights in the United States. What happens over the next few hours and days may dictate whether or not we can snatch back our democracy from the jaws of oligarchy. In spite of Sens. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)’s attempts to play the role of corrupt ostriches, sticking their heads in the sand, the House has passed, The combined NASA/Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. The plan is to make senators step up to the plate and defend the indefensible: Why we should not protect the voting rights of American citizens.
By combining the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act with an already Senate-approved NASA bill, Republicans cannot kill the bill before it is debated. As of the writing of this story, Sen. Sinema has stepped out to give a speech that may go down in history as one of the single most shameful and self-abasing moments of bullshit in the history of bullshit. But for how terrible a person Kyrsten Sinema is, and no matter how corrupt Joe Manchin and his entire family are, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his do-nothing GOP will always be the basest of humanity.
The Republican Party’s hypocrisy surrounding the use of the filibuster is mythological at this point in American history. This hypocrisy is fed by the stream of lies the GOP (as well as Manchin and Sinema) continue to spew out into the world in regards to the history of the filibuster and its constitutional relevance.
Many people have pointed out that Mitch McConnell has defended the Voting Rights Act at various stages of his long career, and his statements against it now are very obvious examples of craven hypocrisy. But MSNBC’s Hayes Brown dug up this video of then-Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell explaining how the Senate is “is totally within its rights to invoke cloture with just a majority of votes and how the filibuster was used to block civil rights bills.”
The context here was when Democratic senators used the filibuster to slow down a series of former president George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.
Here’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell making the argument that he’s a racist, and always has been, and therefore he is in opposition to the Voting Rights Act as of Jan. 12, 2022. To put this into context: The official surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee took place on Apr. 9, 1865.
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