I just signed emergency petition to stop the "nuclear option" the far right wing's plan to seize absolute power to stack our courts - and I hope you will sign too.
Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Socialist or Anarchist you don't want this to happen. We (not to get all Star Wars) are a republic, not an empire. If Senator Frist and the GOP majority prevail, a long tradition of filibustering will be narrowed and a new precedent will be set allowing the Republicans to force a vote on a nomination with a simple majority instead of three-fifths of the Senate. This move will affect any party that becomes the minority in the future. It could be your party, it could be mine.
Republicans are fixing to blow up 200 years of Senate history just because they're not getting their way on a handful of "radical" judicial nominees. You can't change the rules just because things you're not winning. If we could, Vietnam and Korea would be a nuclear potholes. the Senate must follow its own rules when carrying out advice and consent responsibilities. The filibuster rules are designed to protect the interests of the minority party by creating an incentive for majority senators to reach out for compromise rather than adopting a winner-take-all approach. The result of compromise has historically almost always resulted in better government.
The filibuster swings both ways; Republican J. Strom Thurmond filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Things weren't going his way, but he had to follow proper procedure by filibustering. A guy who was "pro" segregation played by the rules, nearly half a century ago. That happened because pro segregation President Eisenhower (R) enforced the will of the people. The perfect example of this was when he, the following year controversially sent federal troops to Little Rock to enforce the Supreme Court decision to desegregate schooling.
Starting Monday, the petition will be delivered straight to Congress every three hours until the final vote, and many of our comments will be read aloud on the Senate floor.
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