Written by Nathaniel Mannor
Over the years, we’ve seen the Democrats come together to fight the injustice of the Big Bad Republicans and their efforts to quash you, the individual, and your unique voice. That’s why this new Congress has spent their time pushing forward the For the People Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), which would federalize all future presidential elections, taking power from the states and giving it to themselves. But don’t worry, the Democrats are doing this for your own good, whether you like it or not.
In reality, the Democratic Party has become an authoritarian force that threatens our civil liberties by catering to the most radical actors of their coalition. They will stop at nothing to get their way, even if it means attacking their party members for being insufficiently woke.
There’s no more evident example of this than their hostility towards Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Kysrten Sinema (D-AZ) for voting down the For the People Act and preventing the left from raising the minimum wage, respectively. Manchin claimed he voted against the bill due to no Republican support. They have also earned verbal beatdowns from President Biden and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC). They have even called them racist for defending the filibuster and Georgia’s new voting laws that secure elections against voter fraud.
The Democrats could pass legislation if only they stuck to a more moderate approach. Doing so could not only see Manchin and Sinema’s votes but even the more moderate Republicans, such as Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT). This would codify Biden’s message of Build Back Better and make him a more unifying President.
But do these Blue Dogs share the same ideological foundations with their “Republican friends,” or are they simply jockeying for six more years in the Senate. After all, Sinema comes from Arizona, an increasingly purple state, and Manchin comes from a deep blue turned deep red state. So maybe these senators have a single conscience between them, but their shared conscience is married with their drive to save their seats.