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  •  It makes sense (4+ / 0-)
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    There are times when a majority could be passing legislation that is so highly objectionable to the minority that they'd be willing to risk political fallout in order to block it.  That is how the filibuster is supposed to be used, and once that is exactly how it worked.  However, in the 70's the senate rules changed, allowing for filibusters that were risk free.  That has opened the door to the situation that we are currently in.  

    The filibuster has been around for a long time.  It is only in recent years that it has been abused.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:30:37 AM PST

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    •  "How the filibuster is supposed to be used" (0+ / 0-)

      That right there is your problem.

      There is nothing that says anywhere "how the filibuster is supposed to be used."

      In historical memory, the talking filibuster has been most famously used to block civil rights.

      Which was, I guess, highly objectionable to the minority of white Southern segregationists.

      There is something honorable about this?

      Really, majority rule is the best bet. It is no guarantee of good outcomes - but the super-majority for regular business is worse.

      We have plenty of legitimate checks & balances w/o the filibuster.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:41:40 AM PST

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    •  Then VOTE THEM OUT! (0+ / 0-)

      Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain

      by Deathtongue on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:08:28 PM PST

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