Events build on each other. Actions cause reactions and shape what happens next. This will always be so. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Our present reality has been shaped by actions, decisions and events in the past. This is why it is important to understand History. 1/
.@JoeManchinWV has laid out an argument that is deeply untethered to the realities of our current national crisis. His words float upwards like puffs of smoke from an ivory tower before they evaporate into nothingness because they were released into a world that doesn’t exist. 2/
American democracy is in the greatest crisis we have faced since the Civil War. The Republican Party is controlled by Donald Trump and it is the malignant vessel by which Trump’s cult of personality metastasized into an autocratic movement. 3/
That movement poisoned faith and belief in our democracy with lies and bad faith. The lie is simple and inelegant at its core. It is that Trump won but black votes appeared out of the midnight ether and it was stolen. 4/
The bipartisanship that @JoeManchinWV is talking about is a fantasy. The world that Manchin is inhabiting is a delusion. He doesn’t get that there is only bad faith to be found from the party of cowards that is both terrified of Trump and fully in league with him. 5/
.@JoeManchinWV, is another name on histories long roll of the willfully blind who approached danger with naïveté and certitude about the gentle intent of people who keep making it clear that its anything but. 6
Manchin’s fears about filibuster retaliations in a future GOP controlled Congress are off base. American politics are zero sum now. There is a pro democracy side and an autocratic Trump side. The Trump side only has to win one election to end the American experiment. 7/
The repeal of the filibuster was necessary to pass the 1/6 Commission. @JoeManchinWV refusal to do so has sentenced the country to at least a decade of escalating political violence because there won’t be any accountability for a murderous insurrection. That is the threat that 8/
@JoeManchinWV should be worried about. It exceeds the danger of GOP legislative reprisals in a post filibuster world by orders of magnitude. There have been hundreds of pieces of sinister legislation intro’d across America aimed at making it harder for Americans to vote. 9/
What those voters share in common is their black and brown skin and the oppression that came with it in a country that must never retreat in the long struggle and advance towards becoming what our highest ideals proclaim us to be . 10
The biggest thing that @JoeManchinWV doesn’t understand is that we cannot turn away from the great political conflict that will rage in this country for years. That is the consequence of Trump who remains a clear and present danger. A senate rule should not be held in higher
Esteem than the US Constitution which was assaulted on 1/6. The filibuster should be repealed for the moral purposes of 1. Defending democracy, 2. investigating the insurrection 3/protecting and expanding voting rights. The fight we are in is existential. The problem is, many
Can’t see the fight, the threat or the danger. @JoeManchinWV is one of them and that is how we lose the country. @ProjectLincoln. High minded calls for bipartisanship with a hungry wolf pack that is content to tear our democracy to pieces is not virtuous. It is appeasement.

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