Monday, December 13, 2010
TIME FOR A SENATE RULES OVERHAUL!
In our form of government, all one needs to do is get one more vote than one's opponent to win an election. Then, like it or not, the correct thing - the PATRIOTIC thing - is for us to accept the results of that election and ALLOW THE ONE ELECTED TO GOVERN! If we don't like a particular candidate's stance on an issue, we can try to make an issue of it and defeat him or her at the next election.
The Republicans, under the "leadership" of Mitch McConnell, are playing very dirty with this concept. With their insistence on filibustering every single piece of legislation brought up before the Senate, they have effectively made a mockery of our concept of majority-party rule. They have ground the Senate to a halt on a number of occasions, and this must stop. Twice this year, Senator Jim Bunning has has held captive unemployment extensions. Senator Richard Shelby has held numerous Obama administration judicial appointments up. Senator Tom Coburn has held up more than $1 BILLION in very-sorely needed Haiti earthquake relief aid because of a technicality.
This is NOT the way a responsible governmental body is supposed to work. But it is the way conservative Republicans are making it work. This shows how little regard that wretched party has for our system of government, its elections, and the will of the people. When a minority, or even ONE Senator, can hold up legislation or the implementation of government policy sought by a duly-elected majority, it is a travesty which MUST be overturned!
We know how much you hate our government, conservative Republicans, so why don't you just get the hell out altogether? Leave governing to those who actually care about the country and want to see it succeed!