Joe Biden, an old school President and former Senator operating in the new world of Republican antagonism and dictatorial tendencies, stands firm on the subject of NOT dismantling the filibuster in the Senate to pass important legislation to include the Freedom to Vote Act. On many occasions, he has refused to even contemplate the matter believing that bipartisanship, in today’s divisive environment, is the right approach to managing the government through a large dose of cooperation and compromise. However, given the voter suppression laws the GOP state-level legislators are passing to singularly control election outcomes, Biden legacy rests on protecting our voting rights. The rights of every American to vote freely and without cumbersome rules to prevent them from exercising their civic duties.
Neither Biden’s single-minded efforts to curb the spread of COVID, nor his FDR-like social agenda to lift the fortunes of the middle class and the impoverished would matter at the end of the day if this President is incapable to muster the courage to do what it takes to protect our rights to vote free from suppressive and overly inimical Republican behavior. It will come down to all or nothing. It will come down to changing abolishing the filibuster.
During these disruptive times bordering on embracing fascism, Biden legacy rests on protecting the voting rights of every American.
Biden’s legacy is in the balance. Only his willingness to stop at nothing to pass the Freedom to Vote Act will matter.
SENATOR MANCHIN INTRODUCED THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT
Because Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia refused to back fully the For the People Act, the Democratic leadership entrusted him and other members with introducing their own version, now called the Freedom to Vote legislation, which, according to Represent.us, is as robust as its predecessor when it comes to eliminating voter suppression.
In return, Joe Manchin, also a bipartisanship acolyte, indicated he is capable of garnering the votes of ten Republican moderates to pass the Bill. It takes ten Republican senatorial votes to kill a filibuster.
Barring capturing those ten potential votes would doom the legislation Manchin is risking his reputation to stand behind. And since Manchin is another filibuster protector, one of two things will happen. Either the Bill dies without any support from Biden, or both Biden and Manchin will have to shelf their bipartisanship bravado for the Freedom to Vote Act to pass after changing the Senate rules to do away with the filibuster.
In other words, it’s all for naught if Biden does not adopt a more realistic political approach. He cannot pass the Freedom to Vote Act if he and Manchin do not set aside their tendencies to think all is hunky-dory in today’s combative political environment.
Failure to change the Senate rules to permit the new Freedom to Vote legislation to pass free from any GOP filibuster will determine how future historians will address Biden’s bipartisanship stubbornness in a world of grab-power-at-all-costs the GOP is pursuing.
Right now, from where many of us stand, Biden’s legacy is in the balance. Only his willingness to stop at nothing to pass the Freedom to Vote Act will matter.