Discussion 11

Let’s explore why the filibuster has taken center stage. The filibuster, the ability of the minority to block votes on legislation, is not new. It’s been around, in some format, since the early 19th century. However, whether by politics or perversion, the filibuster now serves to block votes on all most all legislation. Watch this video from Vox that explains the history of the filibuster and looks at some of the reasons that it has changed over time. Link for video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt4jHLteXagPrompt for Discussion:Consider the following: should the Senate do something about the filibuster? If not, why not? If so, what should be done? You might consider the commonly proposed reforms: going back to the talking filibuster, creating exemptions for certain categories of law, changing the thresholds (moving from a 60 vote cloture to a 55 vote cloture for example), and abolishing the filibuster altogether. After your initial post, find someone who disagrees with you and engage their argument. Then find someone who agrees with you but for different reasons and engage their argument.