Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Filibustering

So, what does one think about the latest nonsense out of Washington?

On the one side, we have the Democrats -who have been steadily losing legislative power (despite the crazed efforts of the MRTs on their behalf) since '94 and the Contract with America- whining that their extended speeches on the floor of the Senate in an effort to avoid up-or-down votes on judicial nominees are about to be removed by a fed-up GOP majority.

On the other side, we have Bill Frist of the GOP insisting that there will be no compromise, and he will put forth a vote eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees. The Donkeys then insist that this will severely break the "checks and balances" present in the Senate.

Excuse me? Aren't the voters, in conjunction with the Executive Branch (which can veto legislation) and the Judicial Branch (which can overturn bad law) already providing sufficient checks for Congress? This sounds, much, much more like an embittered minority fully intent on flexing its dwindling muscle so that it can confound as much of a Republican's President's agenda as it can before it is succumbs to the high tide.

To me, this sounds a whole heck of a lot like whining from pathetic 1st graders who are losing their playground game. Checks and balances. Horsefeathers. TAKE THE VOTE!!! Therein lies the function of the Senate.

What exactly are the Donkeys insisting on defending? An example: "At 9:51 on the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert C. Byrd completed an address that he had begun fourteen hours and thirteen minutes earlier. " THis was in opposition to the Civil Rights Bill (and Byrd is a Democrat, btw). 14 hours of unmitigated gibberish, simply in a effort to stall a bill that otherwise had overwhelming support. He, like most Democrats nowadays are not interested in carrying out the Constitutionally mandated responsibilities of the Senate. They are instead interested only in thwarting their nemesis, the GOP, as much as possible.

Give the judicial nominees their up-or-down votes. And move the eff on. Grow up, you overgrown babies.
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