Thursday, March 17, 2005

Filibuster or Bust

From The American Spectator:
Once the senators invented what's not in the Constitution, they ignored what is: majority rule. They are fighting for minority rights, they said. Dick Durbin complained that the president has "so much power that he could change anything" and all chimed in about the horrors of majority power. The "nuclear" option would turn the Senate into a "rubber stamp for dictatorship," Schumer said, promising "doomsday for democracy." The senators portrayed the filibuster as some last stand against "one party rule," and all that remains of checks and balances. That might have been their most willful display of ignorance. The Constitution established checks and balances between the branches of government. It said nothing about checks and balances between parties, which aren't even mentioned.