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The wall that protects you impeeds you.

My messages on this topic seem to feed upon themselves.

The Filibuster: the wall that protects you against the bad guys simultaneously forms the roadblock that prevents you from going forward.

I am again motivated to address this subject while reading today's newspaper.
"Biden has been mistaken in the nature of parliament [Congress] by believing that the political class of the country after the bitter Trump years would return to decency and compromise. This was naive, because even before Trump, Congress had degenerated into an ideologically hellish place, whose inhabitants reacted only to extreme pressure. Since Newt Gingrich's 1995 budget blockade, the poison level in Congress has only risen. Even the Trump mob of January 6th has not triggered any purification.

Biden's second mistake was that he relied solely on the power of money to consolidate his presidency. Dollar for dollar, the voters were supposed to be convinced that they were doing better with his presidency than with his predecessor's, who would also like to be his successor. This reveals the old senatorial gene in Biden; he measures his successes with the amount of money he can bring back to his home state.

[But] Biden still has one shot left. Democrats could abolish the blocking minority [the Filibuster!], which paralyzes legislative proposals and effectively forces a 60-per-cent majority. This would be a courageous step towards reviving parliamentarianism"
This quote is taken from an editorial by Stefan Kornelius printed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, page 4, and translated by and yours truly.

The writing is on the wall, not just in the States.


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