The Slippery Slope of Eliminating Filibusters
We should be very scared at what's happening in Congress right now. Here's why we're particularly worried about the Senate "going nuclear" apart from the prospect of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court Judge: while Mitch McConnell said he would not consider taking down thelegislative filibuster next, these are crazy times, and nothing is off the table. We also have a president who loves the idea of unchecked power, and who seems open to bullying members of his administration to get what he wants.
Even conservatives recognize the real danger to our democracy that is posed by the removal of the brakes given to the minority party. Partisanship and extremism would be amplified. Let's not let this cornerstone of democracy be eroded.
1. (10 minutes) TWEETSTORM TODAY Tweet those Republican Senators at these accounts. Tell them: Don't throw away our democracy: don't Nuke the Filibuster! Country before Party!
2. (10 minutes) CALL Your Republican Senators (844-6-RESIST) 844-673-7478. Tell them you oppose the nuclear option. You can use the script below.
3. (20 minutes) MEDIA STORM Got a little more time? Don't have Twitter but do have Facebook? Use this amazing toolkit of phrases and media to send the message on multiple fronts to Republican Senators that you oppose the nuclear option.
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
The long tradition of the 60 vote standard is important for preserving some semblance of bi-partisanship. If Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not have the 60 votes to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the nominee should be changed rather than the rule.