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  •  Haven't read David Waldman's FP (1+ / 0-)
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    article, and will search it out as soon as I've posted my response to you.

    You know Kay, I'm a cup half full kind of person. Because if I were not, life would be unbearable for me. I don't know how some live eternally on the stormy side of life, but I can't.  That doesn't make me right or wrong, it just makes me who I am.

    But I AM struggling with Reid's decision here.  More so than I care to devote all the words to.  I am a pragmatist by nature, and frankly, the pragmatic thing to do here would be to STOP the abuse of the filibuster.

    So yeah, I'm feeling uncharacteristically negative about this. Perhaps I will learn things in the future that change what I feel now. It IS true that any changes in senate rules we make now could come back to haunt us.

    And yet, I think, whichever party must fight back as the minority, and we have been there and will be there again,
    should have to stand the test of their beliefs.

    I think NOTHING would do that as well as making the talking filibuster,  what it was meant to be.  That which puts the opposing opinion on display, and requires them to stand before this country and justify why they won't move on a piece of legislation.

    It has been done very well in the past. Bernie Sanders did it a year ago with great strength and grace.  Can't think of ONE other representative that has had that kind of courage, AND grip on the facts, in well, forever.

    My fear is that our representative republic has evolved into a club more interested in their own convenience, than the needs of this country.  And that goes for both sides, as Harry Reid has so clearly shown us.


    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:14:17 PM PST

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    •  Can't agree more, with all you have said. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm really bummed after reading FP about the vote, and what Harry Reid had to say.  I commented there... in the negative.

      But I'm also mostly a half-glass full kind of gal, too, so this is disappointing for a myriad of reasons, and Harry Reid's escape from reality is very disconcerting, after the last 4 years.  

      Well, I just don't even know what to say.  

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 10:08:21 PM PST

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    •  "come back to haunt us" (0+ / 0-)

      It isn't about us or them- it's about doing the right thing. The Senate already protects minority rights, it doesn't have to further empower the minority (us or them) by allowing procedural chicanery to rule the day. It's not good governance.

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