Monday, May 23, 2005

Nuclear Compromise?

Why does it feel like the GOP just forced broken glass down our throats?

Fallout Shelter (Part 1)

Okay, so with school recently out and a trip to Chicago coming up I've been celebrating my extra-high GPA this semester by gaming a LOT. Mostly Suikoden IV which I've finally caught up on, before moving on to Killzone. But I suppose I should surface a bit to express my views on the Republican "Nuclear Option." Despite convincing arguements by some people I remain a champion of it. This is part one of at least a two part series on the filibuster.

Why? Well the noble part of the answer is because I truly believe in limiting the will of the majority. Just because a majority of people want something, doesn't make it right. The Senate is not a democratic institution, that is what the House is for, the Senate is supposed to be a break of sweeping changes. You've seen how much damage this administration has done working within this tradition, without the filibuster it can only get worse.

The less noble part is confusion. Why can't republicans understand that they cannot govern forever? If they were do so, then the nation would fall apart. One party rule is impossible in anything except a totalitarian regime. The more cynical or frightened might say that the Republicans have schemes to retain power, installing their secretaries of state in various states, the Diebold group, and I'd have to give some of them credence because I've seen nothing of this GOP party to believe they would restrain themselves.

Even more, when Republicans invoke the Nuclear Option right now, it's cheating. When the Democrats had overwhelming majorities and the GOP filibustered, did the Democrats try to remove that rule? The GOP has filibustered important things like Civil Rights legislation, economic stimulus package, campaign finance reform, lobbying reform, health care reform, a bill to prohibit hiring permanent replacement workers for striking employees, and racial justice provisions in a crime bill. Things that had they passed would have benefitted me directly, but that was their right as much as I didn't like it.

Other measures for the minority to block has slowly been whittled away since 1994, things like Blue Slips or having both Senators approve of a judge from their home state to be nominated. The filibuster is all that is left, and thus it is relied on in abscense of these others.

So that's why I support the use of the filibuster and why I think the filibuster is appropriate to use to block wingnuts from having lifetime appointments. Up next? A bit of legalism on the filibuster.