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Monday, May 23, 2005

The Senate makes it's own rules

Ron Lowe wants us to “Defend the undefendable?, “May 23, 2005
Mr. Frist goes to Washington and breaks the rules to change the rules. President Bush has come out in the open joining forces with Senator Frist (R-Tenn) in an effort to scuttle the filibuster. Bush, Frist and Hatch defend their efforts to eliminate the 200-year-old filibuster from Senate rules.
I am not clear which rules Mr. Lowe is talking about. The filibuster is not called out in the Constitution. It is a rule that was established by the Senate and has been changed five times in 200 years. For 200 years Judges have been give an advise and consent up or down vote of a simple majority. Now, the Democrats after 40 years of power, have changed the rules to a super majority, if their leadership wants to prevent a specific Judge from reaching the appointed bench. So who is not playing by the rules? One has ask, how would the Democrat operate if the roles were reversed, the Republicans were the minority party? Yea, that's what I thought.

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