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We can get passed the filibuster, if......
On the bottom of all my e-mail you will find a statement:
" harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!"
I dislike Majority **reid because he is a line drawer, loves to draw lines in the sand, never follows through, and will just draw another line in the sand. I don't want to see the nutty republican candidate in Nevada win, but I do want harry to be removed as Majority Leader in the Senate. He could stop the republicans in their tracks from holding up everything from appointing federal judges to passing real reforms across the board.
Go back to 2005 and remember a guy by the name of Majority Leader fritz, fed up with what he saw as a constant filibustering by then the minority democrats he threatened what trent lott called, the Nuclear Option. The democrats shook in their boots, he was going to go around the rules with a parliamentary procedure and the world would end. Sen. little joe lieberman ran all through the Senate and was heard yelling, the Nuclear Option is coming, we are all doomed. So what the hell is this Nuclear Option?
In the Senate, the Vice President is considered the President of the Senate. This is his only constitutional duty, he has some interesting powers as the President of that body. The one most people know about is to break a tie vote, when the Senate in close to a tie you will see VP biden up there on the stage looking very important. He can cast a deciding vote which means the bill is passed, but there is another duty that he can use to change the course of the Senate; he can override the parliamentarian. This is what our good friend from hell, Majority Leader fritz was going to do in 2005. He was going to bring in VP cheney and have him override the parliamentarian concerning the "Filibuster," which is a rule that says, if you have 41 votes you can hold up a bill indefinitely. Here's how it works in the simplest terms I can muster.
Say you have a federal judge who has been nominated by the president to sit on the federal bench for life, but first he/she must be confirmed by the Senate. After the Judiciary Committee confirms the judge it goes to the full Senate for conformation; the fun starts here. The opposition party does not like this judge so they say they are going to filibuster the nomination and the appointment is stalled. Forty one, (41 out of 100) can stop a nomination in its tracks and harry will say there is nothing I can do---LIE.
Ex Majority Leader fritz said in 2005 I am going to go around this rule and have our judges confirmed, I am going to invoke the Nuclear Option. Little joe lieberman started his run around the hallowed halls of the Senate and formed the gang of 14 to stop fritz from using the one tool that he had left. A compromise was reached and alito was confirmed to the Supreme Court and we have been paying a terrible price ever since. So, why doesn't harry do this? *We have about 48 judges waiting confirmation with about 100 vacancies. Bills upon bills are going nowhere, we have the majority vote but can't get passed the filibuster. I believe the democrats like the idea of saying the are for clean air, for cleaning up the mess the bush Administration left, want to appoint fair judges, want to bring our troops home and be good and noble servants to the people they represent; but alas they cannot because of the terrible republicans who filibuster everything. It is wonderful in politics if you can say you really, really want to be good but can't because of the corruption of the other side. You've got to admit that is very cool. That is my reason harry reid should be replaced by a fighter, someone who will take on the joe liebermans, who will tell the opposition, "We will go around you if you keep this nonsense up!" The "Minority Party" rights must be protected, however when the minority become the abusers then they have to be told, "Elections have consequences."
When the democrats tell you that they can't get anything done in the Senate because of the terrible republicans, know that is a straight out lie. When you hear the leadership of the Democratic Party tell you that you cannot change the rules until the beginning of the term of the next congress, what they don't tell you is that it will take a 2/3 vote (67 senators) to change any rule unless you use the Nuclear Option. Once the VP overrides the parliamentarian it only takes a majority to sustain the VP. Big rule change by majority vote. All the judges could be consented to in a few days, I think there are now about 90 or so waiting to go to work. All the bills could be sent to the President that are in limbo, if only we had a street fighter in the Majority Leaders chair. If we had a leader in the Senate who would use this Nuclear Option once or twice and any democrat who would not stand with us should be shunned and run out of office in the next primary. People like little joe liberman should be stripped of his chairmanship and any perks that the majority leader controls should be taken away; have him park in Virginia.
So, I will continue to have on my e-mail, harry must go.
**Refuse to capitalize due to disrespect and or disgust!
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice
Veterans Against Torture
* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.
Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"
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