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Subject: Chris Wallace's interview of Joe Manchin is pretty good. - [Edit Post] 0 0
At best Manchin is naive, at worst it's all corruption and serving the owners / big money interests.
Also could someone explain to me how the right to vote is a bipartisan issue? Either you are for people legally voting or you are against it. If you are against people legally voting, then you are against elections and democracy, right? How can we treat the right to vote and voting suppression as 2 sides of the same political coin? But that seems where we are at according to Manchin. That we need to be bipartisan on people who can legally vote having that right protected from those who would like to suppress certain legal voters from voting.
The Wallace interview is pretty good and I'd recommend it. But if you want an article to read.
There are many articles out there about this. But I find Manchin's "bipartisan" hope to be a claim rejecting all the context and reality around the issue, a "broadening of the argument" that disproves the argument of bipartisanship is geniune. :)
To quote a WaPo opinion piece : Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) opposes passing democracy reforms such as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act “in a partisan manner,” for that “will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.” But Manchin can’t find four, much less 10, GOP senators to overcome any filibuster. Meanwhile, across the country, Republicans are brazenly and systematically undermining elections in states that they control. They are not only employing the traditional tactics of making registration and voting more difficult while gerrymandering districts to stack the deck — they are also giving partisan majorities in state legislatures the power to overrule independent election officials and even to overturn results that they don’t like. Partisan voter suppression is central to their political strategy because their platform is an electoral loser.
But that is all speculation and outside the argument of bipartisanship right? ;)
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or my grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantative content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” -Carl Sagan 1995 "What is existence but the absorption of and reaction to the data that the universe presents. You can either grasp these truths or you can misinterpret them to your constant and considerable agitation."