The Debate About Having a Debate in Our Broken Senate
We begin with the debate in the senate today on the For the People Act which was not a debate because in order to have a debate in the U.S. Senate you have to have a supermajority of sixty votes and that is the mechanism by which the minority get to determine what bills are voted on. In effect giving Mitch McConnell control of the senate agenda without having to lift a finger. This is the system of obstruction without cost that Senator Sinema and other Democrats defend in the name of bipartisanship as meanwhile, the Republicans are getting away with rigging American democracy at the federal, state and county level to ensure a white majority party will have one party control over a multiracial majority into the future. Joining us is Alexander Keyssar, a Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. We discuss our broken system of government which is far from the perfect union the founding fathers had in mind and what beyond rhetoric can the Democrats do to “stop the steal” underway based on “the big lie” of a disgraced president behind the recent coup attempt of a violent insurrection to overturn the will of the people.
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