If the Democrats win control of the Senate, Harry Reid has promised big changes.
Just how drastic?
They could very well destroy the First and Second Amendments, as well as allow a President Hillary Clinton to ram her entire agenda through Congress with zero opposition.
Because of filibuster rules requiring sixty votes to end debate, Republicans were able to stop some of Barack Obama’s more outrageous power-grabs.
They blocked the so-called “DISCLOSE Act” that would have forced non-profit organizations like the National Rifle Association to reveal their donors to the IRS — and open them up to political and physical harassment.
Republicans were also able to successfully block Barack Obama’s national gun registration scheme in 2013.
If Democrats win the Senate, but do not control 60 seats, a Republican minority could block Hillary Clinton from appointing a radical leftist to the Supreme Court.
With that in mind, Harry Reid is already sending the message that a Democrat majority would gut or end the filibuster.
The New York Times reports:
Senator Harry Reid says Democrats should move to curtail the filibuster if they win the White House and Senate in November only to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans.
“Unless after this election there is a dramatic change to go back to the way it used to be, the Senate will have to evolve as it has in the past,” Mr. Reid told me, referring to a former tradition of rarely mounting filibusters. “But it will evolve with a majority vote determining stuff. It is going to happen.”
He has condemned Republican reliance on the filibuster to impede President Obama. Mr. Reid’s frustration ultimately led Senate Democrats in 2013 to weaken the minority party’s ability to block most executive branch nominations. But he won’t be in office to challenge the filibuster. He is retiring.
However, he is the first to publicly express what other lawmakers and aides have talked about more quietly: the possibility that Democrats will take drastic action if they are triumphant at the polls only to be blocked by the gridlock that has plagued Washington in a new Clinton administration.
“What choice would Democrats have?” asked Mr. Reid, who lamented the inability of a stalemated Congress to take on big issues. “The country can’t be run this way, where nothing gets done.”
In 2013, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed through the so-called “nuclear option,” where Democrats eliminated the ability of Republicans to filibuster Obama administration nominees, as well as all judicial appointments other than the Supreme Court.
This was referred to as the “nuclear option” because Reid bypassed normal Senate procedures to change the chamber’s rules with 67 votes, and instead altered the rules to a simple majority vote.
If Democrats alter the rules and allow legislation or appointment of Supreme Court Justices to pass with a simple majority vote, it would undercut the foundation of our Republic.
Critics contend that the House of Representatives is supposed to work along simple majority lines because members are closer to their voters as they represent them by district.
The chamber has been called “The People’s House” and that is one reason why.
The Senate has always protected the rights of the minority, while still allowing the majority to impose their will in certain ways.
Gutting or eliminating the filibuster and running the Senate on simple majority rules would destroy the ability of a minority party to have input on legislation or stop bills that they believe threaten their interests, constituents or even the country.
Gun control, amnesty, legislation that shreds the First Amendment and appointment of radical Supreme Court nominees could all pass the Senate if Democrats seize power and end the American tradition of the filibuster to protect minority rights.