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May 19, 2005

Why do we need the filibuster anyway?

Maybe there is a good reason, but I just don't see how the filibuster helps make the nation any better. The problem is, the only people who would be able to have the power to end it, are the very people it empowers. The filibuster puts the power into the hands of any single US Senator to hold the 190 some odd (and some of them can really be odd) million people in the world's most powerful nation in limbo. Not that they do that very often, but the idea that they can has to be pretty tempting.

I know that Senators are very adamant that the filibuster is a valuable tool for maintaining ... blah, blah, blah. But the only thing I see it used for is to allow a handful of Senators to run roughshod over the rest of the Senate, and thus the nation as well. Would they be a reasonable choice for deciding if it really should be kept?

The Congress wouldn't necessarily be any better because so many of them have aspirations to the Senate, putting them pretty much in the same boat.

The Press...right.

Maybe we bloggers can get the ball rolling, simple discussing the filibuster, its history and whether or not it's really necessary, or simply an ego coaxer for a bunch of power hungry politicians.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 19, 2005 08:06 AM

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