The filibuster has been vital to the history of our republic, but now, because it again stands in the way of things Democrats want to do, many on the left are ready to send it out into oblivion, itself.
It’s clear that what President Biden is doing isn’t working. He doesn’t merely need to change course, but to find a course – and one which is devoid of the radical left.
If you represent a district which is mostly Democratic, why would you feel a need to listen to a minority of Republicans who feel a different way about something? If you compromise, you’ll be labeled a traitor, a coward, or a sellout for not standing up on principle, and you’ll be replaced by someone more extreme. And contrapositionally, if your voice isn’t being heard in one area, or is declared unwelcome, why would you stick around? Why wouldn’t you move somewhere you felt you mattered?
In speaking of God, some of today’s prominent atheists cast Him as an unforgiving judge set only on condemnation, especially prior to the birth of Jesus. Likewise, the woke founders and practitioners of cancel culture deny, reject, or condemn the Judeo-Christian origins — and nature — of America.
Even in times of pandemic those two hallmark features of life — love and justice — are essential to normalcy. Love and justice are inextricably a part of the American identity, and their daily exercise are legally vested in public servants like Heather DeWees.
This growing trend of censorship threatens not only to reduce the First Amendment, but it also stands to dislodge Americans’ critical reasoning by preemptively shutting down a conversation with a negating but intellectually sophisticated term of force. Who, after all, would willingly defend “disinformation” featured on a suspect network, let alone talk about it or ask “why”?
Commissioner Stephen Wantz says Carroll is ready to respond. “It boggles my mind that just a few short years ago this was one of the most important initiatives put forth by legislators and now, all of a sudden, in a short period of time, it is perceived to be negative. … If this absurd bill is passed, I will do all I can to work with my colleagues and Carroll County Public Schools to maintain this priceless program here in Carroll.”
Biden, himself, has signed no fewer than 19 executive orders as of this writing, many of them rolling back former President Donald Trump’s own executive orders. Executive orders are tenuous at best, existing only at the whim of the executive.
Freedom is, in nature, neither safe nor guaranteed. It is tenuous and conditional at best. The Founding Fathers understood that when they moved to protect natural rights under law in order to guarantee the moral truth that your freedom ends where mine begins. When you violate another’s rights, you will be held to account under the law. Here, we speak of reason and justice, not fury and revenge — and not taking the law into one’s own hands. It is as true of the community street as it is of the Capitol floor.
McConnell’s move with a competing bill provides an alternative to what House Democrats have advanced — but there are other problems which persist. Time is not on the side of American citizens, or the current makeup of both sections of Congress. The longer legislators take to provide relief, the worse off Americans are.
It was from his faith that Coolidge drew courage and confidence to always seek to do the right thing as a leader. That December, Coolidge issued an address to Congress which not only looked at the national situation, but envisioned a better, normalized future, resounding with the best of the American spirit and the influence of faith.
Under the billionaire President Trump, the party became a haven for the American working class, as it was under President Reagan. Forgotten voices were actively sought out and reminded that they mattered. The Republican Party had its best showing among minorities since the 1960s. Trump was able to articulate what had been lost — that conservatives valued the individual, and wanted everyone to succeed. No one could, or should, be held back from reaching out for the American dream.
There’s a reason why there is time between elections, gatherings of the electoral college, and inaugurations — in part, for situations such as we currently find ourselves embroiled in. Our Founders perspicaciously understood that challenges to elections required both time, and a mechanism, to resolve.
Nationally, projections of an overwhelming blue wave were altogether baseless. The double-digit leads that Democrats, including Joe Biden, were supposed to have in some places is now excruciatingly close – within percentages of a single point. As in 2016, most polling was completely wrong.
Our republic is built on deeper, moral truths, which require law and order for the administering of justice wherein the rights of individuals, as well as their safety, are upheld. It is not only freedom which requires eternal vigilance, but justice as well.