West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appears to be a throwback politician determined to engage Republicans on the other side of the aisle and fulfill a campaign promise Joe Biden never intended to keep — unify the country.
The 73-year-old Democrat comes from a humble beginning that, perhaps, offers a worldwide diametrically opposite to the young insurgent socialists taking over his party. He was born and raised in Farmington, West Virginia, a coal-mining town. His grandfather owned a local grocery store, and his father operated a carpet and furniture business. It’s a town that experienced one of the worst coal mining tragedies in history.
In 1968, an explosion rocked a shaft and took the lives of 78 hard-working miners. That was three years after now-Sen. Manchin graduated from high school and got into WVU on a football scholarship. Every step of the way, Manchin’s identity as a statesman carries a legacy of small-town grit, and an understanding Americans earn their way. Now, Senator Manchin comes under vicious attacks from members of his own because he refuses to let democracy fall.
“Joe Manchin, while he speaks to being holier than thou and upholding our democracy and looking to save it, he’s really upholding a system of white supremacy through wealth inequality through people like the Koch Brothers,” New York Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman reportedly said.
Rep. Bowman refers to the so-called For the People Act that has zero Republican support. The legislation sets federal regulations regarding the voting process that opens the door for widespread irregularities. Americans are fiercely divided over the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. This bill would cement many of the suspicious processes that appear to favor Democrats.
“Unfortunately, we now are witnessing that the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage,” Manchin wrote. “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act.”
The deep divisions in Washington, D.C., have liberal extremists willing to eliminate the delicate balance of power. The obstacles standing between the AOC’s and Nancy Pelosi’s of the world seizing control include dissolving the Senate’s filibuster that gives the minority party a voice in government.
The Senate stands split 50-50 with Kamala Harris representing a tie-breaking vote in a simple majority. But to secure power, the left needs to dispense with the 60-vote threshold of the filibuster rule. As Joe Biden’s divisive legislation works its way through Congress, Democrats have quickly discovered Manchin will not toe the party line at the expense of the country. That leaves them only 49 votes, one short, even if all of their partisan hacks stay in line.
“Some Democrats have again proposed eliminating the Senate filibuster rule in order to pass the For the People Act with only Democratic support. They’ve attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past,” Manchin adds. “Yes, this process can be frustrating and slow. It will force compromises that are not always ideal. But consider the alternative. Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants?”
It seems counterintuitive that everyday Americans owe a debt to a politician for merely fulfilling his oath. But we live in troubling times in which Washington, D.C., elites are driven by a lust for power and care little for the consequences. The socialists are at the gates, and Senator Manchin may be the only person stopping them from breaching our democracy.