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    • Kelvin Wade

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    • April 23, 2013 in Columnists

    Filibuster allows minority rule

    The United States Senate is arguably the most inefficient, corrupt organization next to the United States House of Representatives. I’ll give them both slightly higher marks than NAMBLA (the North American Man Boy Love Association). I can’t say that I’m surprised by the U.S. Senate’s rejection of gun control measures this week. As I’ve said before, dead children don’t matter. The type of soulless reprobates that make up the majority of today’s GOP Senate are far more concerned with a primary challenge than someone in primary school being shot full of holes. Dead kids don’t vote and they don’t finance campaigns.

    Still, I’m not really broken up over the legislation that didn’t pass. An assault weapons ban is nothing but feel good legislation. Banning weapons because they look badass doesn’t make us safer. It’s like banning Quarter Pounders to fight obesity.

    High capacity magazines? The problem I’ve had with this is that it takes two seconds to switch magazines. And the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, Virginia Tech, was pulled off with two handguns. One had a 10 round clip and the other had 15. It’s true that reloading gives victims a chance to flee but I doubt this would be as big a difference maker in gun violence as proponents think.

    However, universal background checks are the biggie. Forty percent of gun sales are unaccounted for, whether it’s private sales at gun shows or private sales in newspaper ads and the Internet. Having a system that allows anyone to sell to anyone without a background check defeats the purpose of background checks. All I want is for everyone to have to abide by the same rules I have to abide by as a California gun owner.

    But the legislation the Senate was voting on was a watered down version of background checks. The Senate’s overlords don’t want records kept of background checks. They want exceptions so private sales can continue between family members and friends. You can’t call it a universal background check if it’s not universal.

    It’s not the Senate Republicans that I have a problem with. After all, they’ve shown time and again that their principles are either for sale or at the discretion of whatever the Tea Party demands. And even if the Senate had passed universal background checks the bill would’ve murdered by the House Republicans, who have yet to show they understand what governing is about.

    My ire is saved for the Senate Democrats led by Senator Harry Reid. These eunuchs are poor excuses for leaders. This spineless collection of Keystone Kop politicians get their lunch money taken every day by Mitch McConnell and his gang of thugs.

    The Dems could’ve invoked the nuclear option long ago to end the filibuster. The filibuster is not mentioned in the Constitution, yet it’s there like a cancer to foil the will of the people. Fifty plus one is a majority everywhere except the U.S. Senate. Because of the filibuster, passing a law requires 60 votes. So, this past week, though polls show up to 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks and 54 senators voted for the law, it still wasn’t enough.

    What would the Democrats have been able to accomplish had they gotten rid of the filibuster during President Obama’s first term? They could’ve had a stimulus bill with more stimulus without the non-stimulative tax breaks. They could’ve ended the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 with no fanfare. They could’ve passed a healthcare law with a public option. Hell, they could’ve passed a single payer system.

    What happens if tomorrow Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the (unfortunate) victim of a mass shooting and President Obama must choose his replacement, something that would change the balance of power on the court? What do you think is going to happen in the U.S. Senate? What then?

    Experts say the Democrats have done the right thing leaving the filibuster in place because one day they will be in the minority and need it. I say those experts haven’t been paying attention to just how crazy the Republican Party has largely become. When the Republicans take over the U.S. Senate, they will have NO problem getting rid of the filibuster to pass their agenda.

    Does anyone believe today’s Republican Party would actually let Harry Reid and Co. filibuster the Ryan budget or repealing Obamacare? The Republicans wouldn’t stand for it because they’re balls to the wall all the time. The Democrats are merely… no balls.

    The filibuster has allowed the minority to rule America. That wasn’t what the founders intended. It’s just one more way average Americans are screwed in America.

                 



    • WONDERFUL column, and you hit all my frustrations on the head. The Democrats have proven themselves to be utterly useless. Harry Reid is not the person who should be leading the party.


        • Kelvin

        • April 23, 2013 at 11:48 am
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        Thank you. It’s terribly frustrating. Half the time I’m tempted to just go have coffee with a friend and talk about what books we’re reading and not even think about government.


      • Maya North

      • April 23, 2013 at 7:52 am
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      Nailed it again, Kelvin. That’s been my issue with Democrats for ages — no spines whatsoever. So it doesn’t matter if I agree more with their ethics — they don’t count if they don’t make them stick. Oy. 🙁


        • Kelvin

        • April 23, 2013 at 11:49 am
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        Thank you, Maya. We want to see some fight. We want to see that they recognize what they’re up against. It’s a shame that we can have overwhelming majorities of the country that want X,Y,Z and a minority in Congress is allowed to shut it down.


      • Kelvin

      • April 23, 2013 at 11:47 am
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      I’ve been frustrated about this for a long, long time. I can complain about Republicans all day long but at least they’re committed to making their ideas reality. They fight. The thing is…I’m usually not one for one party rule. I like the parties working together. But that was back when the Republican Party actually wanted to govern and had reasonable people. Now we have this Sarah Palin-Michelle Bachmann-Allen West-Tea Party faction that rejects governing, rejects science, rejects regulation, rejects compromise, rejects history and rejects common sense.


      • Anonymous

      • April 25, 2013 at 4:13 am
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      Take it a step further by considering states’ disproportionate representation in the senate (California’s 37,691,912 million people represented by two senators vs. Wyoming’s 568,158, represented by their own respective two senators) and we can begin to see how the modern Filibuster truly allows the United States to be almost entirely dictated by the minority party.

      And that goes without mentioning district gerrymandering and most-likely individual party affiliation by population density, etc.



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