“If you don’t have 60 votes yet, it just means you haven’t done enough advocacy, and you need to work a lot harder.” -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Jan 2019
"I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications the nuclear option would have on this chamber and this country. I urge you to think not just about winning every debate, but about protecting free and democratic debate." -- Barack Obama, 2005
“[Ending the filibuster] would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our Founding Fathers.” - Dick Durbin, 2018
"At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill, it's about compromise and moderation. The nuclear option extinguishes the power of independents and moderates in the Senate." - Joe Biden 2005
“The ideologues in the Senate want to turn what the Founding Fathers called ‘the cooling saucer of democracy’ into the rubber stamp of dictatorship. We will not let them...
...They want to make this country into a banana republic, where if you don’t get your way, you change the rules. Are we going to let them? It’ll be a doomsday for democracy if we do.” Chuck Schumer, 2005
“We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate.” 32 Dem senators in 2017
Also from Obama: "... this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster — if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate — then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse."
“I think we should have the filibuster in place. You have to have a consensus. I would’ve liked to see 60 votes. I don’t think we should’ve made that change." - Klobuchar

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11 Jan
Fauci is incredibly thin-skinned.
Early on I was Fauci-neutral, but now I basically think he's the worst person in the country. A mendacious, political motivated, bureaucrat whose caused immense damage.
*one of the worst. lots of strong competition.
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14 Dec 21
Doocy is usually the only one who asks a tough question so this makes a sense.
So much of left-wing punditry these days revolves around efforts to shut down speech. You know, to save “democracy.”
The best part of this, though, is the notion the cnn is a real news organization.
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2 Dec 21
how does one become a writer at a major newspaper without understanding basic civics or the most fundamental aspects of american governance?
the constitution rejects direct democracy -- and yet these people keep pretending that it's some kind of baseline of good governance. it's just amazing. there is no popular vote, never was, and yet they write about it like it's a real thing.
none of this is to even mention, that all of his arguments are incredibly misleading.
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22 Nov 21
Another example of anti-2A activists leaming heavy on this quote -- taking it completely out of context -- while ignoring the rest of the ruling, which upheld the right of individual gun ownership as it was "known to ordinary citizens in the founding generation."
The Scalia quote is taken from the section in which Heller specifically mentions "concealed carry" laws and "unusual weapons" and weapons for the "mentally ill." Semi-autos are not unusual; there are hundreds of millions of them in circulation.
And, of course, banning open carry would have struck any American in the Founding generation as tyrannical.
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Absolutely. (Setting aside his false claims that Rittenhouse was a "militant" or that he was "heavily armed" or that he was "provoked" rather than physically attacked. Americans have a right to defend themselves when attacked by rioters.)
This line of argument is always a kind of projection. They assume your defense of the second amendment is racially motivated.
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8 Nov 21
Not only is it unlikely to be true (bloomberg.com/news/articles/…) it is completely irrelevant. The idea that two highways with low bridges make the entire system racist, is silly.
In the mid 20s, when the Southern State was built, the minority population of NYC was tiny. If anything, it kept immigrants away.
By the end of 1970s, when I was a small kid in Queens, we took the bus to the beach with all races and creeds.
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