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Thursday, the 20th of November, the oldest Republic voted to radicalize its liberal bureaucracy by scrapping an institution against the power of the Presidency.
Harry Reid, the Democrat Majority Leader of the Senate, in a partisan vote of 52 to 48, defended the Obama Administration and expunged the filibuster from Presidential Nominees to the Judicial and Executive branches.
Half of the 170 filibusters in the Republic’s history have occurred since the inception of the Obama White House.
But the White House is a radical one that has launched unprecedented partisan policies while cooing the masses with talk of transparency and bipartisanship. From the hurried legislation of Obamacare to the President’s personnel record of only playing golf with Democrats to the eleven months of Presidential dissent against negotiating a new budget that may amendment the Affordable Healthcare Act, Barak Obama has enjoyed immense power.
It is only because of the Rand Paul March 2013 filibuster that the Presidency loosened its grip on killing Americans and noncombatants with drones. It took a sober, rationale voice to accuse the high-and-mighty office of the Executive of mob-rule and demand that Americans stand together to reaffirm the core values of a government that has seen complex Democratic experiments abroad fail with regularity as our relatively simple Constitution and Bill and Rights continue to defend freedom for all.
This White House has invoked the Espionage Act of 1917 more than every other Administration combined. What’s more, the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act granted this Presidency the unilateral power to declare citizens to be enemy combatants and suspend habius corpus on a case by case basis. Needless to say, the Obama Administration is already an historic unilateral juggernaught due to its strangle-hold on the 2001 Patriot Act which allows for unconstitutional spying on domestic soil.
The Presidency is the only election all Americans get to vote together on. Therefore its nominations to the Judicial and Executive branches of government are meant to represent all Americans and not stand along partisan lines expediting or blocking certain perspectives, acts or laws from taking shape. Due to President Obama’s staunch partisan nature, refusing to negotiate with a Republican House of Representatives for some eleven months to drive government to shut-down on October 1st 2013 over possible budgetary constraints to his Obamacare legislation, it is only natural to feel remiss over the Senate’s historic decision to suspend Senatorial Filibuster under an immensely powerful Executive.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed 2005 Republicans for proposing the so-called ‘nuclear option,’ to suspend the right to extend debate on a contentious issue: ‘Filibuster… is part of the fabric of this institution we call the Senate.’ Reid went on to remind his constituents the constitutional nature of the filibuster as a right for each branch of government to govern itself.
One-time Senator Obama was also quick to point out that without a filibuster, partisanship would ‘get worse.’ Indeed Reid stated that not only was the filibuster important to the Senate and the Constitution but government as a whole and that without the filibuster government, as a whole, would worsen. Current Vice President and former Senator Joe Biden stated that his vote against the suspension of a filibuster in 2005 was the single most significant vote in his 32 year tenure as a Senator.
Americans are taught to debate everything. In school, children not yet old enough to reach the foot pedals of an automobile debate the pros and cons of the two nuclear bombs Harry Truman dropped on Japan to end the Second World War. To end prematurely debate in the most public debate team in the land, the Senate, and to keep one voice from facing a united but confused majority rule, is to hasten the end of a valiant experiment in self-governance that relies on checks and balances to allow for marginal changes between necessary evils that demand action. Harry Reid’s decision to, ‘go nuclear,’ and take the Senate further away from the actual representation of the American people is a deliberate attempt sacrifice government for governance and taut partisanship as the be-all and end-all of American bureaucracy. It’s a naïve courtship of truth since the filibuster defines the under-dog mentality that typifies the kind of grid-locked bureaucracy that keeps America stable and allows for such radical actions as the Civil War and the end of the Second World War.
The nuclear option, in real terms, marks the Senate’s backing of embattled Executive Nominees to the Appellant Courts of the District of Columbia. Though at least one D.C. Appellant Court judge stated that the 88 cases per judge annual case-load was not in need of further nominees to cover the work-load, the President wanted to pack the courts to keep them from being able to snare important legislation as they had done with Green Revolution protocols to lower carbon emissions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been quick to point out that Harry Reid’s Democrats began the practice of filibustering the district courts in the 2001 move against Miguel Estrada.
In 1975, the two thirds majority needed to break a filibuster fell to a mere 60 votes out of 100: further evidence that partisanship was on the raise against the demand of a rule of law that applied all for one and one for all.
The 1975 change also hailed from the Democratic Party.
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