In two to three hundred years, when a future Gideon will write the final volume of a thousand pages on TThe decline and fall of the American Empire, there will be a section of a hundred pages, maybe halfway through the book, in which Joe Manchin’s name appears every three or four pages. It won’t be nice.
The name “Manchin” will appear next to names like Newt, McConnell, Rush, Trump, Graham, Fox News, etc. Senator Sinema will largely escape blame as there are doubts whether a two-year-old senator would have done this alone. Joe Manchin will be seen as essential to lock down the minority / autocratic regime at the last moment when the enlightened have had the chance to return to democracy.
Joe Biden gave the speech he was born to deliver yesterday, a speech he has spent his entire life preparing to support. Biden also brought up the story, probably feeling the same way many of us feel. He wanted to know where each senator would fall, but he challenged Manchin to Sinema. Did they want to fall on the side of Martin Luther King and John Lewis, or on the side of the segregationists? Biden knows we are losing the ‘big last blow’, not just for ‘democracy’ but for minority rights, immigration, an abandonment of oil, a county that invests in its own future rather than that of the great princes, the billionaires who first influenced and ultimately owned the federal government.
Joe Manchin had a chance to talk about all of this yesterday after Biden’s speech, knowing full well everything that prompted his decision (if he has one, history will have to determine everything that happened in our back). Manchin was open to changing Senate rules to make the Senate work better, but changing the filibuster won’t make the Senate work better, which is kind of like a mechanic telling you you have a broken belt and telling him that changing the belt will not improve the engine: (Continued below)
“We need good rule changes and we can do it together. Getting rid of filibuster does not make the Senate work better.
MANCHIN at @MacFarlaneNews
“We need good rule changes to make the place run better, but getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it run better.” pic.twitter.com/s4y1HtS6WH
– Alan He (@alanhe) January 11, 2022
This is not a case where a guy is convinced that he is so much smarter than the other 47 that he can see things that other people cannot. This is not even a case where he has to take this position to be re-elected, he has already solidified his hero status by blocking this mushy “social infrastructure” bullshit that will precipitate his citizens – in particular – to unnecessary suffering then. they age. No, he did this to please his sponsors in the extractive industries.
The story will play out well in the United States, losing its last chance to move away from an oil-based economy with Build Back Better and modernization and, instead, going straight back to the extractive industries, heating up the globe, leading directly to the desertification of the Midwest Granary and the violence on water resources in the American Southwest.
The author will also note that it didn’t take great insight to see all of this coming, in fact, the exact scenario was stated by various reporters at the time.