No Democracy Has Ever Survived

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Biden, on the filibuster:

Vice President Joe Biden said at a Florida fundraiser Sunday that the 60-seat threshold for passing legislation in the Senate put a dangerous new roadblock in the way of American government.

“As long as I have served … I’ve never seen, as my uncle once said, the constitution stood on its head as they’ve done. This is the first time every single solitary decisions has required 60 senators,” Biden said.

“No democracy has survived needing a supermajority.”

Read more about why this use of the filibuster is unconstitutional here. (Yeah, I know I just linked to this last week, but I think it’s really important!!) Legislative process, while not sexy, really does matter… to quote a New York State Senator from 1918:

Six years of experience have taught me that in every case the reason for the failures of good legislation in the public interest and the passage of ineffective and abortive legislation can be traced directly to the rules.