Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Fiting the Filibuster. I sent the following message by feedback form to Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida, who has made headlines of late in relation to healthcare reform. He first became a hero to Liberals with his brilliant denunciation of the Republican health plan as 'If you get sick, die quickly.'
Please increase your attacks upon the insane and antidemocratic processes of the United States Senate. As a member of Congress in a house that does NOT have a filibuster, you should denounce the filibuster as the most insane and preposterous institution in any democracy, at any time in world history. Ridicule the Senate for its stupidity. Demand that the filibuster be abolished so we can get the Nation's business done without dragging Senators out of hospital beds or setting up cots in hallways.(The current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties", is 4,350 — for Israel.)
The Senate's rules must be changed. That should be plain to everyone on Earth, but it is not plain to the Senate. The Senate must be reminded that it does not have the right to run itself by antidemocratic rules, because it was set up by a Constitution that sought to create a DEMOCRACY. Supermajorities were established by the Constitution for only a few things, such as overriding a Presidential veto or amending the Constitution. Absent such a Constitutional requirement, a Senate rule that requires a supermajority for ANYTHING is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. What the Constitution does not expressly permit, it forbids. So the Senate is supposed to operate by majority, not supermajority. Force the abolition of the filibuster, and you will make history as the most important freshman Congressman in the history of this Republic. The Senate seems to think itself a law unto itself, entitled to operate outside and in defiance of the Constitution. Shake them awake.