A Senate majority voted Friday (May 28, 2021) to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 riot.
But alas, in the US we're not ruled by the majority.
Oh, we let them suggest things and wish for things, even promise things,
but in the end we let the minority have final say.
So most good ideas go in the trash.
On balance, we get the right to occasionally trash the opposition's ideas.
So nothing changes.
We're told that's important stability,
even as voting systems are being dismantled locally across the ntation,
even as the train wreck of climate change approaches at frightening speed.
Change is needed but the filibuster is going to consistently block change.
We had a coup attempt on January 6.
By majority vote, We The People really care about such things.
But a minority disagrees, and the filibuster gives them the power.
So that ends that.
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If it was some other country and we saw video of an attack on the capitol, we would not speak of those “alleged” to have attempted a coup.
If it was some other country, we would not say that we saw something but could not be sure what it was unless that country created a bipartisan committee to study it thoroughly and report with more reliability what was already obvious to anyone watching.
If it was some other country, we would not doubt the contemporaneous report of on-site American reporters as if it could all be some form of mass delusion or fake news that appeared consistently on myriad cameras in real time.
If it was some other country, we would just call it an attempted coup.
If it was some other country, any president but the previous would already be lecturing the world on the precious nature of democracy and how they must rush to safeguard it—the way we do in the US.
We do still defend democracies in the US, don't we?
I ask because I know of one that's in immediate danger and needs such help.
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The failed vote can't keep us from knowing what happened. We know. It is instead just more proof that we don't need a blue ribbon commission to see that things are seriously amiss, and that we need swift action:
Ditch the filibuster and start governing proactively, not just reactively.
That's what democracy is meant to be.
Fix voting rights while there's still time.
Now. Not tomorrow. As with Covid, every day counts.
Do not wait because things can change even without an election.
If bad things happen, we need good rules already in place.
Otherwise, the GOP is set to move in and show us all how power is used.
But they're not going to waste time on bipartisanship.
And they're playing for keeps.
So, do your job, Democratic Senators, as a majority of voters sent you there to do.
Safeguard the nation, not the dysfunctional filibuster.
If you don't do it today, we may never get another chance.
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