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The Bush Attack on 200 years of American democracy.

by Ziks511 / May 2, 2005 6:01 PM PDT

and the independence of the judiciary from the Executive Branch.

When James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights, he explained that "independent tribunals of justice will consider themselves... the guardians of [these] rights, ... an impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the legislature or executive."

So, it is not as a Democrat but as an American, that I appeal today to the leadership of the majority in the Senate to halt their efforts to break the Senate's rules and instead protect a meaningful role in the confirmation of judges and justices for Senators of both parties. Remember that you will not always be in the majority, but much more importantly, remember what is best for our country regardless of which party is temporarily in power. Many of us know what it feels like to be disappointed with decisions made by the courts. But instead of attacking the judges with whose opinions we disagree, we live by the rule of law and maintain respect for the courts.

I am genuinely dismayed and deeply concerned by the recent actions of some Republican leaders to undermine the rule of law by demanding the Senate be stripped of its right to unlimited debate where the confirmation of judges is concerned, and even to engage in outright threats and intimidation against federal judges with whom they philosophically disagree.

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=20902&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Unsurprisingly, I agree.

Rob

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If the Democrats want to fillibuster ...
by Evie / May 2, 2005 9:23 PM PDT

... a BETTER solution is for the Republicans to roll in the cots and really call them on it. Let Teddy & Co. stand up and "debate" endlessly on why Judge Janice Rogers Brown shouldn't be confirmed. By limiting "debate" to 100 hours, the Republicans are doing the Democrats the favor of not allowing them to air their true objections to these judges -- that they are either (1) a conservative minority, (2) conservative woman, (3) even a hint of pro-life, or (4) some mix thereof. How dare they be INDEPENDENT of the monolithic group think so-called "liberals" insist they subscribe to!

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That's a joke
by EdH / May 2, 2005 9:58 PM PDT

How is trying to enable people to vote an attack on Democracy? The attack on Democracy is the fillibuster.

Oh, I understand. You only like Democracy when the vote goes YOUR way.

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There is no right to filibuster
by dirtyrich / May 2, 2005 10:22 PM PDT

Nor is the Senate entitled to confirm Bush's appointments... they are directed to advise the President, not provide a check against his power int his case.
Trying to push this whole filibuster thing as a primary concept of our Democracy is foolish and shows how little you know about our history, our Constitution, and government.

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Some do not yet
by Dan McC / May 3, 2005 12:10 AM PDT

understand the advanced concept that a democratic state is not a tyrannical state.

Maybe they'll get it someday.

Dan

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