YANG GANG: A Call to Arms

It was all meant to be so different. So much better, so much more politically

grown up. After four years of a man-baby’s tantrums in the Oval Office, a

Democrat controlled Presidency and Congress was to waltz us into new pastures.

How could it be anything else? How could it go wrong? Here’s how - cue

Democrats-in-disguise, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

Given that the Democrats hold a razor-thin majority in the Senate, the roles

that conservative leaning Manchin and Sinema now play are pivotal, especially

regarding filibuster-free matters of budget proposals and court picks.

Unsurprisingly, those are two areas that Senate Republicans are especially

blood-thirsty about. By citing the need for moderate Republican support for

any number of genuinely progressive pieces of Democrat budgetary or judicial

legislation, Manchin and Sinema are no better than Mitch McConnell or Chuck

Grassley. Add to that their support for maintaining the Jim Crow inspired relic

that is the filibuster, and their conservative credentials glow even more.

To the genuine progressives of NYC, this has to be nothing more than a

preposterous merry-go-round of epic and ghoulish proportions. Aside from

budgetary and judicial concerns, what chance of genuine and much needed civil

rights reform if that is forever held in a choke-hold by the racist filibuster?