I’m of the opinion that the Senate, as currently constructed, has outlived its usefulness:
The filibuster is in peril.
With Republicans expected to change the Senate rules to slash debate time on President Donald Trump’s nominees this week, it will mark the third time the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules by a simple majority — has been triggered in just six years.
Each of those unilateral moves by a Senate majority to weaken the Senate’s age-old precedents centered on nominations, leaving the legislative filibuster and its 60-vote threshold unscathed. But some senators say it’s just a matter of time before even that Senate institution is more or less wiped away by a majority tired of seeing its big ideas blocked.
Though the Senate is up for grabs in 2020, neither party is expected to come away with a supermajority due to the limited number of competitive races. And that likely puts the supermajority requirement itself in jeopardy — particularly if one party controls the White House, House and Senate and wants to move its agenda.
I’m not completely up to speed on British politics, but maybe it is time to send the Senate the way of the House of Lords. Remake it so the Senate only deals with, I dunno, appointments. Leave everything else to the house. I dunno, but right now, all the Senate does is act like the House of Representatives with majority rule, but the majority is actually the minority viewpoint in the country. It does nothing to slow down the wishes of a radical majority, but instead pushes the fantasies and vulgar outlook of a minority of the country. A they’ve shown the past few years, they have no desire to act like a co-equal branch of government and serve as a check on the executive. All the Senate does right now is harm the country. Just burn it down.