Democratic pressure to end filibuster threatens our stability
The United States is somewhat unique among the world’s democracies in that throughout our history we have valued protecting the rights of the minority party, even at the cost of preventing the majority from implementing its platform.
This has provided additional stability to our government, as it prevents parties from making drastic changes to our laws whenever the balance of power changes. Instead of wild swings from left to right and back again, the United States remains stable.
This stability is threatened by forces within the Democratic Party who wish to remove the filibuster to pass a radical program based on a party line to reshape this country as quickly as possible.
I want to be perfectly clear: under no circumstances will I be voting to eliminate legislative obstruction.
The idea behind the filibuster is simple: instead of passing a law by simple majority, the Senate needs 60 votes to move most laws forward, ensuring that members of the minority party have their say. say in the legislative process.
In a situation where one party controls the presidency and both houses of Congress, filibuster is the only safety net we have to ensure some measure of bipartisanship in Washington. This was true during President Trump‘s first two years in office when Republicans also controlled the House and Senate, and it is true today with Joe Biden in the White House and the Democrats holding a majority in both houses.
The protection of filibuster was once considered a dominant opinion within the Democratic Party. As recently as 2005, then-senator Barack Obama defended filibuster by asserting that “the American people do not expect a party, be it Republican or Democrat. , changes the rules in the middle of the game while the other party is invited to sit. shut up and shut up.
In 2017, a bipartisan group of 61 senators signed a letter calling on Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to preserve filibuster. Twenty-six of the Democrats who signed the letter still sit in the US Senate today, but have suddenly changed their tone since taking back the majority. And in 2005, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the filibuster “the checks and balances that have been at the heart of this republic.”
Democrats have used filibuster 327 times in 2020 to block everything from COVID-19 funding to legislation to tackle police brutality.
Despite the Democrats’ reflexive opposition to anything endorsed by President Trump, Republicans have done nothing to end or even weaken legislative obstruction. It was the right decision. Any short-term gain in adopting Republican priorities would have been significantly outweighed by the destruction of any chance for bipartisanship in the future.
Although it enthusiastically used filibuster on every occasion just a few months ago, the far left is now demanding that Senate Democrats remove filibuster to ensure their party can pass all of its policies. the most extreme, from forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns to President Biden’s massive $ 6 trillion spending plan, to the Green New Deal that kills oil and gas. The only thing that has changed in these few months is the balance of power in Washington.
This fight is being led by the more extremist members of the Democratic Party, with self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders leading the charge. But even supposed “moderates” like Bob Casey Jr. endorsed the idea, terrified of crossing the rabid left base and risking a major challenge.
Despite Pennsylvania’s identity as a swing state, almost equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, John Fetterman and Conor Lamb have joined in the call of liberal extremists to end the filibuster. John Fetterman, the front-runner for the nomination, described getting rid of filibuster as a litmus test to run for office as a Democrat. Talk about putting the party ahead of the country.
During my time as an infantry captain, I learned that a real leader listens and represents everyone. This is what I will do if the people of Pennsylvania honor me by electing me to the United States Senate.
Unlike Fetterman and Lamb, I will fight to ensure that the voices of both parties are heard and to maintain filibuster no matter who is president or which party has the majority. And if there is a disagreement, I will lead the effort to work across the aisle and find bipartisan consensus. Just as I always have throughout my service to this great nation, I will always put our country first.
Ultimately, representing Pennsylvania cannot be about pushing through ideological laws or strengthening the opposing side. It is about doing what is best for the people of our Commonwealth.
Sean Parnell is a candidate for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania. He is a New York Times bestselling author and combat veteran who received two Bronze Stars, one for Valor and the Purple Heart. He lives in Butler County.