Not Unexpected, But Disappointing Nonethless

U.S. Senators Sinema and Manchin

Last night, the United States Senate rejected a proposed rules change that would have allowed for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, to advance with a simple majority of 51 votes (as opposed to the arcane Senate filibuster rule, which requires a 60 vote “supermajority” to pass certain — but not all —pieces of legislation).

But two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin from West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, joined all 50 Senate Republicans in opposition of that rules change. It failed by a vote of 52-48.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, which, if passed, would have overhauled election laws and enabled Congress to counter an onslaught of new and extreme voting restrictions enacted by Republican-controlled state around the the country.

The key takeaway that every American who cares about their constitutionally guaranteed rights to vote in free and fair elections should remember is this.

Not one Republican senator in the United States Senate, and not one Republican representative in the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of ensuring and protecting the rights of every American citizen to vote in free and fair elections.

Not a single Republican member of the U.S. Congress! It makes me see red!

28 thoughts on “Not Unexpected, But Disappointing Nonethless

  1. XingfuMama January 20, 2022 / 4:55 am

    We need to find a way to end representation without taxation. Which is what our system has become.

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  2. Stine Writing January 20, 2022 / 7:20 am

    Yes we were not surprised when they said the outcome. So petty when all they are saying is “let’s talk instead of text!” Well, you know what I mean.

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  3. emkingston January 20, 2022 / 10:18 am

    I am seeing red with you, Fandango. I have been fighting for that John Lewis Act. I have been emailing and calling. No one listens to us because they do not care about the American people…only their own pockets and own agendas. We’re screwed. Pretty soon the Constitution will not even be worth the paper it was written on. Real talk.

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    • Fandango January 20, 2022 / 10:29 am

      I wish I could say that you’re wrong, but I can’t disagree. Our American democracy is, indeed, screwed. And so are we, the people.

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      • emkingston January 20, 2022 / 10:31 am

        I think since Hilary Clinton called our Constitution and Bill of Rights outdated, that the GOP has taken that as an agenda to rid us of our rights. We have gone backwards at least 300 years since Obama left the White House.

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        • Marleen January 20, 2022 / 10:52 am

          OMG, I think you’re right. And I vaguely remember the Little Dipper Bush saying the constitution is just a piece of paper.

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          • emkingston January 20, 2022 / 10:55 am

            Yeah it was alarming then and everything just keeps going downhill on our civil rights. I think they forget that they work for us. It’s really getting scary. Keep an eye on this incident in the Ukraine too. I just get really bad vibes. Cuba is coming back in the news with “Havana Syndrome” at the same time Putin is lining forces at Ukraine.

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            • Marleen January 20, 2022 / 11:41 am

              I’m very suspicious about what’s going on in The Ukraine, too. (And Biden spoke strangely about it, yesterday afternoon.)

              I have a feeling our goose was cooked on 9/11 (and not because of people in Afghanistan) — or in January of 2001 (or when that 2000 election, leading to George W. [the lesser’s] inauguration, went sideways).

              “The Constitution is just a piece of paper” – G.W. Bush · news discussion put on YouTube 15 years ago

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            • emkingston January 20, 2022 / 11:55 am

              Thanks for sharing that link with me, Marleen. It addresses a lot that is still going on today like the eavesdropping on domestic channels, and the lack of checks and balances. What a mess. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I am just scared as a human being. As an activist, I am pissed off.

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            • Marleen January 20, 2022 / 5:44 pm

              Follow up: Foreign correspondent Richard Engel (from Kyiv) on Nicolle Wallace’s “Deadline White House” said, tonight: So there’s confusion among the Ukrainian people; they don’t exactly understand why President Biden, who has been in government for so long, would reveal so many cards. A lot of people here were taken aback. Why would he appear to give a green light to Vladimir Putin to launch a limited military invasion? That’s the way they saw the comments which were … clarified by the White House, last night, and then clarified by Biden himself in that clip [from today]. [They’re] not just confused, they’re annoyed. …. (And so on.)

              Zelensky: We want to remind you the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as the president of a great power.

              Frank Figliuzzi added quite a bit. Engel spoke further, too.

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            • emkingston January 20, 2022 / 8:57 pm

              My head is spinning with all the switch ups. We all need to worry. I think we are up shit creek without a boat or a paddle…just covered in it and drowning. Excuse the language. I am just really seeing WW3 coming along with the fall of our democracy.

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            • Fandango January 20, 2022 / 9:59 pm

              A shitstorm is brewing, that’s for sure.

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            • Marleen January 20, 2022 / 6:01 pm

              Corrections: no “you” stated in the Zelensky quotation (a tweet); capital “P” where he is the president…

              One will get a much better flavor of the conversation by tuning in for the recorded show (hoping this part will have its own link or that one can catch the full show link before it requires a personal profile at the station/network/MSNBC). Or… I have this on “Added to library” for my YouTubeTV (yes different from YouTube) service.

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  4. Marleen January 20, 2022 / 10:48 am

    And I’m ready to vote for Klobuchar for President. I don’t think she would’ve been so naïve (if it’s that) for so long as Biden (who doesn’t, furrowed brows aside, actually show signs of waking up like Senator Maggy Hassan did last night). Manchin is not his friend (or is he)? But you’re right: the takeaway is that zero Republicans are honest about our Constitution (a simple majority being inscribed therein).

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  5. Lou Carreras January 20, 2022 / 11:15 am

    Not a single Republican. They are no longer interested in governance, they’re just interested in ruling.

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    • Fandango January 20, 2022 / 11:34 am

      Exactly. Power at any price.

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  6. Dr. Rex January 21, 2022 / 6:33 am

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    And of course this happened … with the help of TWO Democrats!! … “Not one Republican senator in the United States Senate, and not one Republican representative in the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of ensuring and protecting the rights of every American citizen to vote in free and fair elections.”

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  7. leigha66 January 22, 2022 / 4:22 pm

    I agree, it is maddening enough to see nothing but red.

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