Opinion | Senator Manchin, ‘Our Democracy Hangs by a Thread’

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To the Editor:

Re “Breaking Ranks, Manchin Dooms Key Voting Bill” (front page, June 7):

Dear Senator Manchin:

I appreciate your desire to preserve the filibuster as an important procedure for developing bipartisan legislation. Under normal circumstances I would agree with you.

But, Senator Manchin, surely you must realize these are not normal circumstances. We had a president who tried to overthrow our government and who continues to lie and incite his followers to overthrow the election even now. We have state governments controlled by Republicans putting in place legislation and gerrymandering in ways that may make it virtually impossible for a Democrat to ever win another election.

Do you really think Republicans will honor the filibuster if they take control of the Senate in 2022?

These are not normal times. Our democracy hangs by a thread, and that thread will likely not survive the next election unless you act now.

Sherman Rattner
Miami

To the Editor:

What is most troubling about Senator Joe Manchin’s intractable position with regard to the filibuster is that he is signaling to his constituents, and more broadly to the American people, that elections do not have consequences.

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