Monday, January 30, 2017

Abolish the Filibuster, Not the Electoral College

The Constitutional Option: Because the Constitution Isn't Optional

“I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a [simple] majority. It’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. It’ll have to be done again.”--The Great Parliamentarian, Statesman and Constitutional Giant, Senator Harry Reid.

So let it be written, so let it be done.
  • Convicting an Impeachment: 2/3 majority in the Senate
  • Expulsion of a member of one house of Congress: 2/3 vote
  • Override a Presidential Veto: 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate
  • Ratify a treaty: 2/3 majority in the Senate
  • Passing of a Constitutional Amendment by Congress: 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate
  • Calling for a Constitutional Convention; 2/3 of the state legislatures
  • Ratifying a Constitutional Amendment: 3/4 of the states
  • Restore the ability of certain rebels to serve in the government: 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate
  • Approval of removal of the President from his position after the Vice President and the Cabinet approve such removal and after the President contests the removal: 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate
    Also a super-majority for quorums:
    • Choice of a President in the House when no majority of electoral votes is achieved: member or members from 2/3 of the states
    • Choice of a Vice President in the Senate when no majority of electoral votes is achieved: 2/3 of all Senators
There's something missing from this list of the Constitution's Super-Majority requirements;

the 3/5ths majority Senate vote requirement called the "filibuster".
The Constitutional Option--CATO: "The filibuster of judicial nominees upsets the balance the framers struck. The Constitution is run through with checks and balances, designed to limit power on one hand, but allow government to go forward on the other. The filibuster intrudes on that design by adding an extra check. But it’s not without costs. No doubt today’s Democrats think they know better how to strike the right balance than the framers did. Republicans are saying the framers got it right. I’d go with the framers. Let’s give these nominees the up-or-down vote they deserve, as plainly contemplated by the Constitution.".......
Yes, the Senate is in charge of its rules--but adding another supermajority requirement not found in the Constitution is an illegitimate amendment to that charter. If the Senate can demand 60 votes to vote, then why not 70? or 80? Or even 100?
It's not about debate, either. The "Silent Filibuster" is routinely invoked, almost never the "Talking Filibuster".
Senate Curtain-Measurer Harry Reid already announced his plan to abolish the filibuster when arrogant Democrats were cock-sure of their pre-scheduled victory. We should take him at his word, quit playing games with the Constitution and kill this extra-legal abomination once and for all. Let your yeas be yeas and your nays be nays and live with it. 4 out of 5 dentists recommend we follow the Constitution for a change.
No more Unconstitutional One-Man Treaties--or Forty-One Man Vetoes!

Abolish the Filibuster Now!
"Ignore everything Sad Clown said before!"

UPDATE: Lacking the integrity to resign, disgraced Acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates would not have even been in place but for the filibuster. Because of the filibuster, she was able to pull off a coup attempt with the collusion of Senate Democrats--'til she was thrown out on her corrupt ass. I hear Iran is hiring, lady--with the money your team gave them!
If you're not already on their payroll, that is.

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