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"Anybody Can Object" (Then I do.)

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 14:43:57 PM EST


On the floor of the US Senate (R-KY) Jim Bunning claimed anyone (senator) can object (implicitly, to anything).  And he complained of missing a basketball game, while his obstructionism has cost over 200,000 their jobs and their health care.  And he gave the middle finger literally to CNN's Jonathan Karl and figuratively to Americans. "Anybody can object," he said.  Well, I do.  I object that he has performed this act of violence against American families.  He's done it repeatedly since last Thursday. And he's proud of himself.
KathyinBlacksburg :: "Anybody Can Object" (Then I do.)
Then GOP Senator John Kyl said people are enjoying their unemployment.  "Anybody can object." I object to John Kyl. These men don't even feign decency.  One prima donna senator after another has blustered about their own personal rights to screw the American people by holding the Senate hostage. There is no mention of the rights of human beings to have food, shelter, health care.  Then came Chris Matthews to side with Bunning, to pretend that he had the high ground.   He, like Bunning and Kyl, was watching out for the supposed rights of those in power, but not the people. It's all about them.  

Bunning is the latest in a long list of serial abusers of the America people.  It's not just anyone who can claim that they single-handedly cost over 200,000 people their jobs and their health care.  It's not just anyone who can claim to leaving nearly as many families with no food or money to pay the rent or mortgage.  But the Senator from KY can.  What a role model for the children of America!  

Yesterday McCamy Taylor quoted JP Morgan who, apparently (or may have), once said, "People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders."  If that is so then those who still have homes must quarrel for the rest.  If we do not object and quarrel, then who will?

Here we have evidence why the filibuster should be ignored and stripped of its power.  The filibuster was once a protection against the more quirky and (even, on occasion) extreme tendencies of the House of Representatives.  It was meant to lend stability and a measure of caution.  It was not intended to bring the business of the people to a standstill. It was not to render two branches of government (the Congress and the White House) meaningless.  The Senate may make its rules, but no one has the right to close down the work of the Senate and the White House on nearly everything. We are talking about changeable "rules," not laws.  And the rules of how the rules are changed can be challenged. Why not start now?

Now, as the nation's work sinks deeper and deeper into the depths of inaction by the Party of No (and a few Blue Dogs), Joe Biden and Harry Reid could end it today, for the good of the American people.  They can gavel the filibuster into oblivion.  People without homes, jobs and health care are why we thought Democratic leaders ran for office.  Let our leaders prove it.  If they do not, then ALL the nations leaders are lost.

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Our Democracy Is in Jeopardy
Between the purchase of our legislators at all levels of government at a pace not seen since the late 19th century, the corporate media emasculating every leader who comes along in their pursuit of conflict (and ratings) at all costs, the absolute broken wreck that the U.S. Senate has become...our democracy is in jeopardy.

And that is before we add in the fact that the average American is grossly uninformed about his/her own society and the sad truth that half of our citizens don't even bother to vote.

All this can eventually be improved, but it won't happen in one or two elections - or perhaps not my lifetime.

I'm not as pessimistic as I sound. I actually think that this time is not as bad as many other times in our history. We can get our country back, but it will take great effort and time.


Notice that the
very people (e.g., the Beck storm troopers, and teabaggers, for example) who aim to dismantle government are now using our old mantra "Take our country back!"

We meant it in a constructive way, though: Let's get government working on behalf of the citizens.  They mean to dismantle government and render the US ungovernable.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


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A few weeks back,
Paul Krugman of NYT wrote a column about an 18th century parliamentary practice which had brought the once-mighty Poland to its knees and which, by 1795, resulted in the 3rd and final partition, and no Poland (till November of 1918) at all. The practice was called "liberum veto" (Krugman didn't mention that) and consisted, simply, of the ability of gumming up the works by a single legislator. All the SOB had to do was stand up and yell "Nie pozwalam!" (I do not allow) and months and years of tricky negotiations went down in flames.

Krugman was writing about Shelby's "blanket block" of nominations, not the "Bunning blockade" but the principle is the same. And the fact that 21st century US would allow the dumbest-ever "Polack" practice of the 18th century is truly mind-boggling (or, "mind-buggering", as I used to say before my English improved)

It is, however, gratifying to see that, the moment Dems began to show some signs of a growing spine (however bead-needle-sized) and threatened to make Bunning filibuster "properly", in public and in front of cameras... The hissy-fit "pitcher" folded, principles an'all...  


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