The new American bipartisanship means eliminating the unconstitutional power of minority rulers to oppose the will of the majority of Americans.
Republicans lawmakers in both the House and Senate guarantee us – again and again – that no matter how popular actions are with Americans, they will continue to receive zero votes in Congress. This is the same result – but in reverse – as we saw in the last Congress where Republicans would vote against the will of voters again and again despite the clear will of the majority of Americans.
The current Congress’ legislative actions – including what is already passed (like the Rescue Plan) and what is now proposed (like the infrastructure Plan)- are among the most popular laws that we have seen in our lifetime. This is very important. It is worth repeating. Never before in our lives have we seen such popular national laws. The majority of ordinary people actually like what’s happening in DC this year!
The resulting action plan of our national leaders is simple:
1) Continue to build consensus among the people no matter what party (like Biden was doing in deep Republican Louisiana territory yesterday), and
2) Fix the broken provisions in Congress not part of the Constitution that allow for a minority of mostly rich white men to control the interests of the majority of Americans of all parties and Affiliations. Both the filibuster and super majority must go as relics of the past that only block and oppress the will of the majority of Americans today.
For me personally, this is exciting. i’ve been on a lifelong progressive mission to end minority rule in our government. Mostly, it’s even a losing battle. Never have we bso close to making the concept of rule by the majority of people a reality.
Will it be easy to accomplish majority rule government? No way.
Will minority rulers fight back? Definitely.
Will there be violence in the streets? Probably.
Will the fight for self-determination by the majority be successful? I’m well aware that most of the smartest commenters (like Thomas Friedman’s widely published opinion on Tuesday) warn us that it will not.
Our most basic principle of self governance is on the line. It looks like it’s survival is a matter of acting now or never.