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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Curbing the Filibuster

There could be a showdown this January over Senate Democrats’ threats to curb the filibuster.  Republicans have turned the filibuster — and every other stalling/obstruction tactic — into their standard method of legislating.  The filibuster was originally just an occasional, and very dramatic, undertaking.  It didn’t become Standard Operating Procedure until Barack Obama got elected to the White House.

I’m kind of leery of changing the rules.  Democrats won’t always be in control of the Senate.  For that matter, Republicans might very well have taken the Senate last week if a few of their bone-stupidest candidates hadn’t spilled their true philosophy of “aw come on, a little rape never hurt anybody.”

Instead of limiting the filibuster, I think any senator who wants to stage a filibuster should be required to stand up and talk nonstop, for hours; days even.  As soon as he/she sits down, the filibuster has ended and the Senate resumes its business.  This is what the term filibuster originally MEANT.  It has nothing to do with just teaming up with 39 other senators to vote No on something; or everything.

Check out some of the famous filibuster speeches listed here

If a senator has the balls and the persistence to stand there and read the Constitution over and over for three days, or read names out of the phone book, or whatever, go for it.  What needs to be stopped is the practice of forty senators bringing the Senate to a grinding halt every time they're against something.  No action, no sacrifice, no effort expounded — nothing.

That’s not a filibuster.  It’s the difference between running in a 26-mile marathon, and sitting on the couch with a doobie in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other, and saying “I’m running a marathon right now.”

Anyway, that’s my take.  Don’t limit the filibuster, but require a filibustering senator to actually get up there and talk nonstop.  When the talking stops, the filibuster is over.

What say you?


Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I agree. Make a filibuster really a filibuster.

November 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I'm with you guys on making them read the phone book. Preferably in Spanish or Chinese, cause face it, that would be a fun time right there. They could even do it pay per view and we could wipe out some debt at the same time. It's win/win/win.

November 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Absolutely. They should not be able to pass the torch ...Will the Senator from Kentucky now yield, blah blah blah. One man as long as he can handle it.

I would like to see a simple majority be in place though.

November 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

The whole thing is such a mess we need to wipe the slate clean and start over. Fat chance.

November 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

What the hell? Did these guys not ever see Mr. Smith goes to Washington? Jimmy By God Stewart knew the meaning of the word. A whole different breed of cat those days (never mind that they were all white). Jeez.

November 12, 2012 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I was going to run a marathon, but I dropped my doobie and I thought it rolled under the couch but it's gone. Damn mice.

November 12, 2012 at 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@jadedj LOL.
@Randal, I have some but the mice leave mine alone because it's in a box they cannot get into. Hope this helps :)

November 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger harry said...

MRMacrum said...

I would like to see a simple majority be in place though.

Absolutly. The Supreme Clowncourt can operate with simple majority but the Senate can't?


November 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Agreed.

Jess: LOL, that would make a killer PPV program.

MRM: No passing the torch and no pottie breaks.

Mr. C: It's a mess all right.

jadedj: Most senators back then had principles and a certain dignity that's lacking in today's gang of prostitute/legislators.

Randal: Don't blame the mice. I took it.

Harry: A simple majority might be too much to hope for.

November 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger okjimm said...

I thought a filob ert was a nut and now you are telli....oops..dyslexia again... never mind...

November 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I have been saying this for years. If they want to do something like block a jobs bill for veterans, let them do it, in full view of everyone, from the Senate floor.

November 13, 2012 at 1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey military industrial complex - Karma is a BITCH, huh?

November 13, 2012 at 5:00 AM  

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