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Senator Tim Scott Even after Senator Tim Scott got Mitch McConnell to agree in advance to allow 20 Democrat amendments to his police reform bill, which included an anti-lynching portion, the Democrats killed the bill by filibuster. Now, if you have been paying a bit of attention to history, this might sound familiar. Yes, indeed, there is a long and ugly history, in the Progressive Era, of Democrat senators filibustering anti-lynching laws every time they came to the Senate floor, and of the Republican leaders not changing the rule to stop this facilitation of race-based political terrorism. Meet the new Senate, same as the old Senate.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, states and local governments controlled by white supremacist Democrats blocked blacks from serving on juries and reliability acquitted white men if officials even felt a need to hold a trial over the killing of a black man. The original intent of federal anti-lynching laws was to bypass white supremacist controlled state and local governments, stopping them from providing legal cover, from holding occasional trials of white killers of black men and always acquitting them. It was the norm in segregated states to pervert justice in this way. The point now is some sort of symbolism, as current federal civil rights law already provides ways to prosecute and no jurisdiction has anything like the poisonous conditions of Jim Crow.

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The budget deal gives the Republicans increased spending for the military and it also gives the Democrats increased spending for welfare programs they favor. Together, the two parties will cause this year’s budget deficit to exceed a trillion dollars. Republicans, who hold the current majority in both houses of Congress and the Presidency, justify the […]

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It’s starting to look as though Obamacare will not be repealed during the next two years. Why? Current Senate rules require 60 votes to end a filibuster on repeal legislation. The Republicans are likely to have 52 Senate seats after Louisiana holds its runoff election in December. Sure, the Republican in the Senate could use […]

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This month there was a Pew Research opinion poll (see story at Hot Air) that showed the new “Republican controlled” Congress was viewed by about 60% of Republicans as not representing their views on the key issues of federal spending, illegal immigration and SSM. The results were abysmal in comparison to the approval rating for […]

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