While people often accuse President Trump of tweeting frivolously and often allowing social media to distract the country from important administration goals, particularly on weekends, Saturday morning’s especially thermonuclear Trump tweetstorm brought to light a simple change that could make all the difference for an oft-faltering Trump agenda.
Eliminate the filibuster from Senate parliamentary procedure.
Here are the president’s tweets:
In an age where Democrats would present a united front against President Trump if he supported a resolution making sunshine the ‘official’ national light, it’s pretty safe to say that laws, no matter how reasonable, will never see the light of day so long as eight Democrats are able to essentially hold the entire nation hostage to the whims of the extreme Left.
Which means that, other than executive orders and measures that can be passed via budget reconciliation, the rest of the Trump Agenda is dead in the water, and will remain so until spineless Republicans decide to, well, grow a spine.
Those who are hesitant about making such a change, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, cite a reluctance to put such power in the hands of the opposition party when they inevitably get back in power. But Trump’s last tweet on the subject has already defeated that argument with unassailable logic.
And of course, he’s exactly right, and RINO Republicans know it. So, do they want to actually get something done or do they want to remain the ‘loyal opposition,’ even when they are ostensibly in ‘power.’
Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith has long been a proponent of such a change, writing:
The real nuclear option was the paralysis of our democratic republic by the modern filibuster/cloture rule. The real tyranny is that, when voting on a bill, the minority can obstruct the combined will of a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and the President. Nowhere in the Constitution do you find the filibuster. The modern filibuster/cloture rule is not a part of the constitutional framework the framers put forward, but a perversion of it.
This is in line with government of, by, and for the people. If majorities of the House and the Senate, with the President’s approval, sign off on policies that do not work or are unjust, the people are able to pass judgment at the next election. Eliminating the modern filibuster/cloture rule empowers the people and is in line with the principles of our democratic republic.
The Senate filibuster used to be little more than a means of getting one’s point across, because there are natural limits on how long one can actually stand and talk. But when the adoption of the “virtual filibuster” in 1975, all one has to do is simply declare “filibuster” and the bill being “filibustered” is dead unless it can muster 60 votes.
Which means the minority, a unified minority whose goal is #resistance at all costs, essentially controls the Senate, and any real legislation that could possibly make it to the president’s desk.
As President Trump clearly understands, Americans deserve better. Perhaps his tweetstorm will get the ball rolling on this crucial and absolutely necessary step.
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