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March 19, 2021

The Morning Report - 3/19/21 [J.J. Sefton]

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Good morning, kids. Friday and the weekend is here. Hopefully it brings some respite from the assault on our sanity. Fat chance; every time I see someone wearing a worse-than-useless face diaper to prevent exposure to a virus that is marginally more lethal to most people than common flu, which is sort of like putting up a chain link fence to prevent mosquitos, it's a slap in the face and a reminder that you must obey. If it means anything, Rand Paul who is an actual doctor reamed the shit out of Dr. Sigmoid Fraud, aka Fauci for his insane, contradictory proclamations and prognostications that traumatized a nation for the sole purpose of removing Donald Trump from office. Well, they ultimately achieved that and dare I say a dash extra: a clear shot at absolute power and the knowledge that they can bamboozle and brainwash upwards of half the populace, if not more into surrendering their freedom while eagerly assisting the regime in taking it away from the rest of us.

It brings me to my "irk" of the day, which is the idiocy from the punditry and others who continue spewing the nonsense that the Democrats are in for an epic ass-kicking come 2022 and 2024. For example, Josh Hammer at American Greatness:

...dispensing with the Senate filibuster would accelerate the Senate's lamentable institutional decline. The "world's greatest deliberative body" was, especially prior to the ratification of the 17th Amendment, intended to be a "cooling saucer" of sorts that filters out and soberizes the House's hotter, intemperate passions. The filibuster, which is legally not a constitutional or statutory provision but instead merely a rule of internal Senate procedure, has nonetheless attained an ethos of quasi-constitutional status.

Put another way, it is philosophically and intellectually downstream of the counter-majoritarian features that have attained constitutional status, such as the federalism and separation of powers constructs. In a sense, then, the Senate filibuster directly flows from James Madison's famous discussion of "faction" in Federalist 10, the most famous founding-era writing on the insidious threat of majoritarian tyranny.

Nuking the Senate filibuster -- something Republicans notably eschewed during their own Trump-era control of the Senate -- would undermine the American political order, in which counter-majoritarian measures are deeply woven. But it would also be a shortsighted move, even from a cynical, partisan perspective. If dedication to James Madison doesn't prevent Democrats from embarking on this misplaced crusade, perhaps their own long-term self-interest will.

"Oh, Mr. Hitler, it would be political suicide to invoke that Enabling Act because you and your fellow Nazis are going to get your asses kicked in the next election and sent back to the Burgerbraukeller forever."

But Friedrich Ebert sent mean Tweets, right? Hammer noting that Republicans eschewed nuking the filibuster during Trump's first term is risible in the extreme when you consider the permanently-lying-in-state John McCain's thumbs down when it came to eradicating Obamacare. The only thing that stopped Trump cold from tearing down as much of the anti-Constitutional bureaucratic Leviathan from whence the Left gets almost all of its political muscle was the GOP itself in both the Senate and the House. Had they nuked the filibuster there, in order to abolish say the IRS, the EPA or Ed. Dept. (to name only a few), it would have been morally, ethically and historically the right thing to do. But that's getting into the weeds.

DC is surrounded by barbed wire, barricades and National Guardsmen, the military and now local police forces are being purged of "white supremacists and insurrectionists," i.e. avowed Christians and non-Leftists, our borders are being erased and millions of new non-citizens along with the tens of millions already here are about to be given citizenship, and HR-1 will essentially hand over total control of our electoral process to the Leftists forever - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The only thing standing in the way of this is the filibuster, the fate of which is hanging on by a gossamer-thin red pubic hair's breadth. And it depends upon the ethics, morality and political (if not physical) futures of Kristen Sinema and Joe Manchin. And they ain't exactly Joan of Arc and Nathan Hale.

So explain to me, Josh Hammer et al exactly how, after trying to overthrow Trump since 2016 and then actually succeeding by stealing the 2020 election, the Democrats are ever going to rue the day they blow up the filibuster!

It is just mind-numbingly infuriating that people whose supposed job it is to write about politics can be so utterly blind to what the hell is going on. You expect this crap from pasty frauds like Rich Lowery, whose job it is to keep up the illusion in order to keep the money coming in from the suckers out there who still believe that "next time we'll get 'em good (but not with Trump)!"

But for anyone else to continue not see that America was mortally wounded last November 3rd, was My Pillowed on January 6th and then cremated two weeks later is living in a state of denial that is borderline mental illness. Lots of other crucial stuff going on but peruse the links and they'll jump out at you. Meh, the way things are about 99% will do that.

Have a great weekend.


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