by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
This is not a normal election, because if Democrats are able to win the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives in November, they will end the two party system as we know it today. Yes, there will still be two major political parties, but one will essentially be in permanent control. In recent weeks, there has been so much chatter on the left about ending the filibuster in the Senate permanently, about granting statehood to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and about “packing” the Supreme Court. Collectively, these three moves would basically make it exceedingly difficult for Republicans to ever become the majority party again. I know that this is an extreme statement to make, but I think that you will agree with me by the time this article is over.
Let’s talk about the filibuster in the Senate and statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico first.
When Joy Reid of MSNBC asked Chuck Schumer about these potential moves if Democrats win the Senate, Schumer said that “everything is on the table”…
Host Joy Reid then asked, “Would that include adding, if the Senate becomes a Democratic majority, adding D.C. and Puerto Rico as states and ending the filibuster?”
Schumer responded, “I would — believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico, particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it, D.C. already has voted for it and wants it. I’d love to make them states. And as for the filibuster, I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table.”
Ending the filibuster would allow Democrats to push through whatever they want without the approval of the Republicans. I have been warning for years that Democrats would do this once they regained control of the Senate, and so I always thought that Republicans should pull the trigger first.
If Republicans had ended the filibuster shortly after Trump’s inauguration, they could have gotten a tremendous amount done during Trump’s first two years, but instead Democrats in the Senate were able to block almost everything that they wanted to do.
It was inevitable that the filibuster was going to be ended permanently at some point, and doing so under a Biden administration would permit Democrats to do some very “creative” things.
For example, Democrats are already talking about pushing through statehood for Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico if they get control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. With no filibuster in the Senate, there will be nothing to stop them.
If Washington D.C. becomes a state, they will get two senators, one representative in the House and three electoral votes.
If Puerto Rico becomes a state, they will get two senators, five representatives in the House and seven electoral votes.
Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico are both very liberal, and so all of those senators, representatives and electoral votes would likely be controlled by Democrats for the foreseeable future.