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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Senate Betrayal Diverted!

Okay, so this deal isn’t exactly fabulous. But, it does keep the teetering balance between the Executive, the Congress and the Courts intact.

I still cannot understand why any Senator would have voted to give his/her power to the Executive. But, it seems that there were many who would. Why any Senator would give over the power of the Senate, which was designed to protect the minority, to the President/Executive is beyond my ken. Why they would hand the Executive any confirmation with only 50 votes is mind-boggling. It would seem to me that any appointee to a lifetime appointment should be able to garner at least 60 votes. It seems to me that any Senator who would agree to that shift of power (and lack of accountability) should not, and would not, want to be a member of the Senate that he/she cares so little about, not to mention the U.S. Constitution and the founding father's design for our form of liberal democracy.

So, luckily, our republican form of liberal democracy lives for another day. The executive will not be able to get his way with only 50 votes in the Senate.

And, by the way, the minority, whose rights that have been preserved for another day, is a minority that represents more Americans than the majority. That’s right, the 45 Democrats actually represent more folks than the 55 Republicans. That is what the Senate is all about, the protection of the Minority!

To quote the NYTimes:

There is absolutely nothing unfair about allowing a minority that actually represents more American people to veto lifetime appointments of judges who are far outside the mainstream of American thinking.

The rest we can argue, and we will, later.

2 Comments:

Blogger Andros said...

I voted through my blog against the deal. It doesn't look like an agreement to me, except to allow 3 of the most extremist judges to go through... The rest is undefined.... What is, "extraordinary circumstances"?... And, if the Dems told us that Brown and Owen were abominable and clearly unfit to sit on a federal bench for life, then isn't this an extraordinary circumstance to filibuster? You can't cry "wolf" and then let the beast in...thinking that the beastmasters may come to your aid if a bigger beast appears...

Worst, I don't believe the future of the filibuster was saved by this deal. Frist, already has indicated that he may go ballistic!

We're screwed. That's what we get when Americans elect a prez, the House & Senate majorities from the same party... a party dominated by the far right which doesn't care about democracy and civil rights.... Soon, they'll control the judiciary.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Tuli said...

The judiciary is already controlled by the Republicans.

2:59 PM  

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