If Lisa Benson hadn’t been so quick to drop out of college, barely after starting, she might have stuck around long enough to get just enough education to know that…
• The Filibuster is not in the Constitution
• The Filibuster originated by Southern racists to block efforts to allow rights for African Americans
• The Filibuster has already been changed more than 160 times, going back to the 1960’s
The Filibuster is an undemocratic method that, today, ensures that senate Republicans — who already represent FORTY-ONE MILLION FEWER VOTERS than Democrats because of the disproportionate allocation of representation in the senate — to further distort their undemocratic advantage, such that senators representing 16% of the population can block efforts supported by senators representing 84% of the population.
Originally, the filibuster originated from a senate rule allowing “unlimited debate.” To block legislation, someone had to actually stand on the floor and speak, including handoffs to allies. As a result, while it allowed opposition voices to be heard, it was rarely used to actually stop legislation. Those invoking filibuster had to be in the chamber and actually hold the floor.