The will of the American people is not represented by the people taking power. Donald Trump lost the election, by nearly THREE million, and yet there he is ready to infest the Oval Office with his odious presence. In the Senate, Republicans may hold a Senate majority, but add up the votes of every senator, and the 48 senators in the Democratic caucus received 78.4 million votes, while the 52 GOP senators received just 54.9 million votes.
Americans have picked Democrats to run the government, yet it’s Republicans in charge. What we have here isn’t a democracy, it’s a mockery of one.
So Democrats in Congress must act to represent that nullified American majority, and the best way it can do that is by halting all work. Just bring it in to a standstill. Pass continuing budget resolutions to keep the government running, but otherwise make sure that not a shred of Trump’s agenda, or that of the undemocratic GOP majority makes it through.
Filibuster everything, as long as the GOP majority allow it. Deny the use of unanimous consent to waive the rules for things like the post-cloture 30-hour period. And deny it for EVERYTHING, even the most routine of Senate business. Grind that f-er to a halt.
How many executive positions require Senate confirmation? It’s between 1,200-1,400. None of that gets through this Senate with unanimous consent. The Supreme Court nominee? Keep it open for all four years. Republicans made it clear they planned on obstructing that seat the entirety of a Clinton administration. We actually have valid reasons to obstruct.
The Senate does not represent the will of the American majority—the Democrats in the Senate do. They have two choices. Fight for that disenfranchised majority, or cease having any rational reason to exist. Those are the only two choices.