Voters did not choose to blame the Senate filibuster for us doing nothing. Get rid of it.


The future of our republic is determined, and at the heart of it is the once ambiguous Senate procedure due to strange points in history.

Filibuster threatens the freedom of all Americans, regardless of their color, gender, zip code, political party, or how much they have (or don’t have) in the bank.Filibuster is simply Senator minority You can block important legislation on everything from voting rights to the minimum wage. Filibuster undermines the basic principles that make our democracy work: by people, people’s government for people.

Much debate has been underway to defend filibuster.That it was founded by the founding father (False)..this thing Promote transpartisan (((History shows that this is not the case). Without it, we would sayParliamentary government“(Nonsense).Others have filibuster Necessary safety net – Currently, it may prevent us from passing a good bill, but you will want to avoid it when the other party later tries to pass a bad bill.

Voters are supposed to be in charge

But people voted. They chose their representative. During a serious national emergency, we cannot simply sit in our hands and do nothing. Maybe it’s true that the other person is in power and passes a bill that I believe is bad for middle-class families across the country. But that is how democracy works.

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The government is ourselves, And not the power of aliens to us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are the voters of this country, not the president, senators, members of the House of Representatives, or senior government officials. “

Our constitution puts trust in Americans. Me too. Democracy is an act of faith.America was a bold bet, what former President Barack Obama called “Boldness of hope” The belief that we, the people, can build a better future together.

Congressman Valdemings at the White House Pride Monthly Event in Washington, DC on June 25, 2021.

Congressman Valdemings at the White House Pride Monthly Event in Washington, DC on June 25, 2021.

The maid and the janitor’s parents worked hard 24/7, but I can’t remember when we didn’t vote for the rest of our lives because we knew the power of democracy to speak out silently.

But if the faction allows them to block important legislation, voters will be deprived of their voice. Regardless of the political party, you need to know that if you win a free and fair election, your representative can govern.

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Alexander Hamilton said in the government, “Generally there is a need for action. Public works must move forward in some way.” When the minority came to dominate the majority, the result was “poison.” – “Boring delays; ongoing negotiations and plots.Pejorative compromise Of public goods. “

There are too many “troublesome delays”. And those “derogatory compromises of public goods” define the history of filibuster. It is a well-known fact that the main use of filibuster over the last century was to thwart efforts to make the country more free and equitable for all its citizens.

We need more democracy

Lynching Prohibition Act introduced in 1918 As the NAACP said, “Lynched by filibuster” Despite the racist killings of thousands across the country.Still there There is no federal lynching law More than 100 years later. Opponents of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 blocked the vote for 60 days.

Today we are facing a similar threat. Voting rights are being attacked. Authoritarian impulses threaten the Constitution and the freedom that Americans have died to protect for generations.Earlier this year we Violent riots It sought to overturn free and fair elections. I am worried that future violence may occur if we do not act to strengthen American democracy.

Save Democracy: The senator vowed to support the United States, not filibuster. Kill it to save the January 6th fee.

Our challenge is great. But our ability to face these challenges is just as great. The solution to all our problems is more democracy, not less. More voting rights, more support for working families, more freedom and justice for everyone. Empower people. Allow their representatives to work on their behalf. People’s trust in the government, by people, for people. When we accept our heritage and our potential as free people, we can accomplish anything – and we have to do it in the majority. In the Senate, there are 51 votes.

Valdemings, D-Florida, Senate candidate And a former Orlando police chief. Follow her on Twitter: @RepValDemings

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Filibuster prevents minimum wage increases and all Americans have voting rights



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