Joe Manchin: Why I’m voting against the For the People Act

“The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.

During my time as West Virginia’s secretary of state, I was determined to protect this right and ensure our elections are fair, accessible and secure. Not to benefit my party but all the people of West Virginia. For example, as secretary of state I took specific actions to establish early voting for the first time in West Virginia in order to provide expanded options for those whose work or family schedule made it difficult for them to vote on Election Day. Throughout my tenure in politics, I have been guided by this simple philosophy — our party labels can’t prevent us from doing what is right.

Unfortunately, we now are witnessing that the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage. Whether it is state laws that seek to needlessly restrict voting or politicians who ignore the need to secure our elections, partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it.

As such, congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward or we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials.

Democrats in Congress have proposed a sweeping election reform bill called the For the People Act. This more than 800-page bill has garnered zero Republican support. Why? Are the very Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump because of actions that led to an attack on our democracy unwilling to support actions to strengthen our democracy? Are these same senators, whom many in my party applauded for their courage, now threats to the very democracy we seek to protect?

The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.

With that in mind, some Democrats have again proposed eliminating the Senate filibuster rule in order to pass the For the People Act with only Democratic support. They’ve attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.

As a reminder, just four short years ago, in 2017 when Republicans held control of the White House and Congress, President Donald Trump was publicly urging Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster. Then, it was Senate Democrats who were proudly defending the filibuster. Thirty-three Senate Democrats penned a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warning of the perils of eliminating the filibuster.

It has been said by much wiser people than me that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well, what I’ve seen during my time in Washington is that every party in power will always want to exercise absolute power, absolutely. Our founders were wise to see the temptation of absolute power and built in specific checks and balances to force compromise that serves to preserve our fragile democracy. The Senate, its processes and rules, have evolved over time to make absolute power difficult while still delivering solutions to the issues facing our country and I believe that’s the Senate’s best quality.

Yes, this process can be frustrating and slow. It will force compromises that are not always ideal. But consider the alternative. Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? I have always said, “If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.” And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda.

The truth is there is a better way – if we seek to find it together.”

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has a major malfunction in his political demeanor most likely due to his conservative beliefs interfering and stopping Democrat Party agenda.

Sen. Manchin will proudly tell you, “I’m a conservative Democrat,” and therein lies the problem IN THE YEAR 2021!!!!!!

Republicans comprise only about 25% of the electorate, but the GOP makes up the difference through some conservative-leaning independents and unconstitutional voter suppression laws.

What President Biden and the Democrat Party doesn’t need is Sen. Joe Manchin going conservative and voting against the Democrat Party!

When Manchin says he’s against voting to END THE FILIBUSTER, what Manchin is really saying is, protecting the filibuster is much more important than:

*protecting voters’ right to free and fair elections;

*ENDING POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER;

*passing a meaningful infrastructure bill;

*an entire list of Democrat Party goals and bills.

Manchin obviously believes protecting the filibuster is worth blocking the Democrat Party agenda – imagine if a single Republican Senator BLOCKED the GOP agenda and GOP bills: how long would that sit with Mitch McConnell and the GOP?

Clearly, Joe Manchin is a traitor to the Democrat Party by claiming bi-partisanship is his personal reason for blocking the Democrat Party agenda.

Manchin’s claim of his alleged want of bi-partisanship is so absurd, one only need to put the shoe on Mitch McConnell’s foot to see how ridiculous Manchin’s bi-partisanship claim really is.

If one Republican Senator dare blocked a GOP bill on Monday, Mitch McConnell would have his head on the end of a pole before sundown.

Why is Joe Manchin such a fan of the filibuster? Why does Manchin lie so much and so hard whenever Manchin mentions the filibuster?

The filibuster is not in the Constitution.

Joe Manchin was mentored by his West Virginia hero, former KKK leader Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Sen. Byrd and other institutional racist Senators faithfully used the filibuster to block civil rights legislation for decades, but Joe Manchin doesn’t mind at all.

Joe Manchin is praising and following in the footsteps of former KKK klansman Robert Byrd, who spent the rest of his political career trying to recant decades of Byrd’s hardcore racial discrimination.

Joe Manchin says if there is no bi-partisanship in the drafting and passing of a bill, that lack of bi-partisanship hurts the American people. Hey Manchin, you dare speak of hurting the American people? You are hurting the American people by refusing to vote to end the filibuster, thereby blocking the majority will of the people.

How about the fact the GOP and Donald Trump hurt the American people with four years of no real GOP agenda, just a swamp full of murky characters feeding off the political carcass of Donald John Trump, at the expense of the American people.

Manchin repeats the oft-repeated GOP LIE that one must protect the will of the minority over the will of the majority: HORSEHOCKEY!

Manchin must make Republicans feel proud of their fanciful “manchinations.”

The hypocrisy of Joe Manchin can be found in the endless hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell.