Update Tuesday 26 January 2021: Well that didn’t last long. Just as I posted this post, word came via Rachel Maddow on The Rachel Maddow Show that McConnell caved on his demands to have the filibuster protected in the organizing resolution. That doesn’t mean that the Repubes won’t abuse the filibuster because it is still there for legislative matters but not for judicial matters. I guess McConnell acknowledged that it was better to have the Daschle-Lott rules and the skinny filibuster than have Schumer go all nuclear on his ass and do everything with a bare majority, a simple bare majority of life, to paraphrase the Jungle Book. So, you still call your senators and tell them that you support removing the filibuster if need be!
There are three big issues before the Senate that NEED the intervention of the electorate. The Senate is trying to develop it’s organizing resolution (the set of rules that establish how the Senate is run), the continued endorsement of the BIG LIE that the election was stolen or at least suffered significant irregularities that drove the insurrection of 6 January, and the impeachment trial. I’ll outline each as briefly as possible.
Welp, big surprise, Mitch McConnell is doing Mitch McConnell. He is filibustering the organizing resolution unless the Democrats guarantee that they will not limit the use of the filibuster so the Repubes can filibuster every move of the Dem-controlled Senate. As far as I know he’s not even “promised” to be a good boy and not abuse the use of the filibuster like they did when they were the minority during Obama’s presidency.
Without this concession by the Dems, the Dems could with a bare majority remove the filibuster as an option at any time. The thing is, Schumer doesn’t have 50 votes to remove the filibuster unless the Repubes egregious abuse it and convince the Dem holdouts that they just don’t have a choice. You know, abuse it like they did when Obama was in office.
Schumer has generously offered to abide by the Daschle-Lott rules arrived at in 2001 the last time the Senate was split 50-50 with Republican VP Dick Cheney providing the deciding vote and control of the Senate to the Repubes. It actually gives the minority party, in this case the Repubes, a significant amount of influence including splitting committee membership evenly, allowing tie committee votes on legislation to allow it to advance, and dividing funds and offices evenly between the parties. Schumer and the Dems don’t have to do this.
Understandably there is real fear among progressives and Dems that Schumer will cave and let McConnell get away with his BS. McConnell will grab with both hands until you cut his hands off. He’ll push for the most outrageous concessions unless you prove to him that you won’t let him. The only thing that McConnell understands is the exercise of power. You stand up to him or he steamrolls you.
Additionally, there are at least two Democrat senators, Manchin of West Virginia and Sinema of Arizona, are on record stating that they oppose doing away with the filibuster out of some nostalgia for being abused by McConnell, I guess. Everyone’s got their fetish, right? Who would’ve guessed Manchin, Sinema, and McConnell in the bipartisan three-way of domination, humiliation, and frustration?
The BIG LIE
By now we are all familiar with the BIG LIE that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and friends have been telling for freaking ever: if he loses it is because the election was rigged and stolen through some vast conspiracy involving state, county, and federal election officials, state and federal judges appointed by Trump, other Repubes, and Dems, ballot machines, especially those run by Dominion, but not the sketchy machines run by ES&S, and thousands of ballot counters and sorters across the country. You know Occam’s Razor.
Once it festered until the cyst on America’s ass finally burst and spewed its contents across the Capitol building during Trump’s Insurrection Riot on 6 January, and some Congressional Repube members momentarily feared for their lives but got over it when clued into the fact that the mob only wanted to summarily assassinate Dem Congressional members, which made it okay, I guess, many members of the GOP are still spewing the BIG LIE.
The only thing that I can conclude that they want the insurrection to succeed and the total destruction of our democracy. Nothing else makes sense. They seem to think that the continued existence of the world is contingent upon them remaining in office no matter the cost. What else could explain such behavior?
Now that the House has grabbed the Ol’ Pussy Grabber by the pussy for the second time and passed the Article of Impeachment with ten Repube votes, it has moved to the Senate. Senate Repubes are twisting themselves into all kinds of cognitive dissonance granny knots to minimize the gravity of the offense and distract from it by all the usual suspects, both-sideism, the unity bait and switch, blaming the victims (the Dems, of course), and shifting the blame to the Dems, of course.
We’ve been regaled with their excuse making for the past few days, maybe best expressed by Liddle’ Marco (R-Hiding Under the Couch Cushions), “We already have a flaming fire in this country and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.” We might not have such a serious dumpster fire of a democracy if y’all hadn’t flogged the BIG LIE of election stealing. Maybe repeating the BIG LIE has been the gasoline poured onto the dumpster full of oily rags and old newspapers that the voodoo dolls of low-information Repube voters are made of and then lit on fire by their challenges of the Electoral College vote on 6 January.
They are screwing themselves up to do everything they can to remain in office in a brave effort to stave off armageddon as foretold in the Repube Book of Revelation. I’m sure if the Dems could wait until 2023 to put Trump on trial, it would be better because they could work out how much influence the Ol’ Pussy Grabber still has over their voters so they could figure out what they had to do to stay in office. In other words, the usual profiles in Repube political courage.
Call Your Senator
As angry as you might be at Schumer, the Dems, the Repubes, McConnell, Manchin, Sinema, and Hagerty and are afraid that the Dems will let the Repubes run the Senate by using the filibuster, continue telling the BIG LIE, and the impeachment trial you shouldn’t call them unless they are YOUR SENATORS!
If you give in to your anger and call senators that are not yours, you will muck things up!
- Members of Congress don’t listen to people who are not constituents. They just don’t. Your call opinion won’t be counted. It’s a waste of your time. Try this instead, write an email, tweet, or postcard to senators who are not yours. If you do, let us know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
- As a matter of routine strategy, many senators allow their phone inboxes fill up so no more messages can be recorded. So, if you call a senator who won’t listen to your opinion, you will just be tying up the phone lines and filling up their inboxes so that legitimate constituents that would be listened to can’t get through. It is counter-productive.
- You will spend your energy and time on senators that won’t listen to you and not on senators that will. If you shoot your righteous wad abusing McConnell’s answering machine, you won’t have much left for a senator that will listen to you and respond to your views.
- Don’t give in to your anger and call anyone other than your senators. It is time to be disciplined and serious. Send postcards, emails, and social media to everyone else. Encourage friends, family, and acquaintances living in their states to contact them.
You should call YOUR SENATORS and let them know what you want them to do on the filibuster, the BIG LIE, and impeachment.
Adapt this script when contacting your senators whether you are calling, emailing, post carding, or social mediaing your senators. Whatever you do, be POLITE! You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Hi, my name is [NAME] from [location in the state]. I’m calling today to let [Senator’s name] know three things about issues before the Senate:
- We should get rid of the filibuster, especially if Republicans abuse it and filibuster everything Democrats attempt to do.
- Call out the BIG LIE. In the name of unifying and healing the country, Republicans should denounce the suggestion that the election was anything less than fair, transparent, and legal. They should acknowledge that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the rightfully elected President and Vice President.
- It is clear from Trump’s remarks at the 6 January rally that his campaign sponsored and paid for at the Capitol incited the insurrection riot that took place that day. To preserve our democracy, to unite and heal the country, and to prevent future candidates from defying elections, we must hold Trump accountable and convict him and prevent him from running again.
Thank you for your time and attention.
IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
Tips for Calling
When you call your representative’s office, please remember the following:
- Only contact YOUR MoC! They only listen to their constituents and dismiss requests from non-constituents.
- Ask for the aide working on the organizing resolution or impeachment issues.
- Be polite! No matter whose office you’re calling. No matter what their positions are. No matter how inflamed you are about the issue — and you should be very passionate — be polite.
- Remember that the people you are talking to are people! So, be nice.
- Call during business hours of the area code their office is in. Typically, that is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Have a script or notes to follow so you don’t forget anything.
- Maybe call with friends. You know like a party.
In Addition to Calling
I’ve heard back from readers that some MoC’s voice mail boxes are always full! It’s as if they don’t want to hear from their constituents. Kinda like those MoC’s who don’t hold town halls or other open forum meetings. Here are some other ways to contact your MoC:
- Send a postcard to their office. Nothing says I care like kicking it old school and using snail mail.
- Email their office. Lay out your concerns in a brief email and send it in. We all know how easy it is to email. Make sure you include the issue you are addressing in the subject line.
- Use the contact page on their websites. This is the surest way of getting a message to them. Each MoC has an official government website and each has a contact page that comes with it automatically.
- Contact them using social media. It’s hard to break through all the noise on social media, but it can’t hurt to try given all the time we all spend using it. Be sure to tag your MoC’s when social mediaing about about a specific issue. Be clear and respectful, though, when addressing an issue that you want your MoC to act upon. Make sure you let them know you are a constituent.
Contact and other Informational Links
- Common Cause will give you the names, party affiliation, direct phone number, website link, and social media platforms of all of your federal, state, and local elected officials.
- USA.gov is the official guide to information and services of the US government. This page explains clearly how to contact everyone from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber to your representative to specific government agencies. Through it you can find the following information about your MoC’s:
- Their phone numbers: DC and state offices
- Their mailing addresses both in DC and their state offices
- Official website with their contact page including email, request a meeting, town hall schedules, and social media
- And, the committees they sit on
- GovTrack is a comprehensive site of federal and state legislation.
- 5 Calls: Sign-up for 5 Calls because they help you contact your member of Congress and keep you abreast of on going issues that are important to you! Now, that is a good deal.
- The Capital Hill Switch Board: (202) 224-3121.
- MassacreMitch and #MoscowMitch: His DC office, (202) 224-2541.
- Nancy Pelosi: Her DC office, (202) 225-4965; her California office, (415) 556-4862
- The White House: the contact page, switchboard, (202) 456-1414 or the comments line at (202) 456-1111 during business hours
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