Magazine April 5, 2021, Issue

Keep the Senate Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Reuters)
It’s a vital check on majoritarian excess

The Democrats’ campaign to destroy the legislative filibuster is predicated on three questionable claims.

The first is that allowing a 60-vote threshold in the Senate to cut off debate is antiquated, fundamentally undemocratic, and an impediment to progress that facilitates “minority rule” — by which Democrats mean “federalism.” Now that the Democrats have won a narrow, probably fleeting, majority, they want the unfettered ability to compel an entire nation to live under intrusive partisan generational “reform” bills. This brand of majoritarianism is objectively un-American, undermining the proper constitutional limits of the federal government to lord over states and localities. The filibuster

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