Thoughts on Events the Week of May 31 and June 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on June 12, 2021

I’ve lumped two weeks into one weekly blog again, because only one item grabbed my attention, and two of my kids and only granddaughter is visiting after a long hiatus, so I haven’t spent much time thinking about blogging.

Senate fails, again: That said, the one item is a dilly. The Senate voted down the measure to set up an independent commission to study the insurrection on January 6. This vote brought into vivid relief three separate but related issues:

One of our two major political parties is no longer interested in our democratic form of government. In fact, it now obviously opposes it. I never expected to see this in my lifetime, in my country. It is terribly unfortunate, but it is fortunate that the undemocratic party is the smaller of the two and shrinking. I don’t worry about this as much as some others, but it bears watching.

Second, our Senate, which has not functioned properly for more than two decades since Moscow Mitch became Majority Leader is now officially a failed branch. It is useless, even detrimental until it is reformed, beginning with…

Third, the filibuster has got to go. Forget the politics. It is patently undemocratic on its face, and it is now used routinely for nefarious purposes. Republicans of both parties, about which more below, say it puts the brakes on an abusing majority, but in practice it allows the minority to hold the majority hostage, and that just ain’t right.

The bigger fool here is Joe Manchin, of course, but he’s not (quite) as stupid or disgusting as he appears. The fact is, Manchin represents the reddest of red states, as bad as those in the deep south. WV is as wedded to coal as the south is wedded to racism. Manchin has to appease those voters, so he votes democratic on minor things, but against important things. Like all other states, the voters get the representatives they deserve, and they deserve this sorry guy.

The biggest SOB here is Moscow Mitch, perhaps the biggest bigot in the history of the senate, which is really saying something. He will go down in history as the man who destroyed the senate and just maybe the man who destroyed our democracy.

These two are a menace, but so is Kyrsten Sinema, my own personal senator, and she has no excuse. She is a democrat in a trending blue state. Fortunately, I can share my opinion with her personally. I voted for her gladly because she is a democrat, but I expect her to vote like one.

The big lie from the big jerk: What’s his name, the disgraced former president, said, while descending from the sublime to the ridiculous, that he will be reinstated in August. He heard it from Sidney Powell, queen of the crazies. You can look it up on Yelp.

I’ll take the over on this one. I don’t think he will be reinstated until at least January 20, 2025, and I’ll be taking the over on that date too.

Worst state: Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and the Republican-controlled state legislature are trying to enact some of the most severe voter suppression legislation in the country, which entitles them to the cup in a walk.

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