Kill Switch: The Rise Of The Modern Senate And The Crippling Of American Democracy
ISBN: 1631497774
EAN13: 9781631497773
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 12, 2021
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
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Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the United States Senate, an institution controlled by people who are almost exclusively white, overwhelmingly male, and disproportionately conservative. Although they do not represent a majority of Americans--and will not for the foreseeable future--today's Republican senators possess the power to block most legislation. Once known as the world's greatest deliberative body, the Senate has become one of the greatest threats to our democracy. How did this happen?

In Kill Switch, Senate insider Adam Jentleson contends that far from reflecting the Framers' vision, the Senate has been transformed over the decades by a tenacious minority of white conservatives. From John Calhoun in the mid-1800s to Mitch McConnell in the 2010s, their primary weapon has been the filibuster, or the requirement that most legislation secure the support of a supermajority of senators. Yet, as Jentleson reveals, the filibuster was not a feature of the original Senate and, in allowing a determined minority to gridlock the federal government, runs utterly counter to the Framers' intent.

For much of its history, the filibuster was used primarily to prevent civil rights legislation from becoming law. But more recently, Republicans have refined it into a tool for imposing Read More chevron_right

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