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    Gentle Giant, TheMeansAreTheEnd

    I am so in favor of bringing back the talking filibuster.  If there's one thing that is deadly to democracy it's secrecy.  This is a lesson which shouldn't be surprising to anyone given all the talk of privacy and intrusion and total lack of transparency or oversight of the NSA and all (especially here).

    There has always been talk of "back room deals" and the like in government, but the current cloture rules (the non-talking filibuster) eliminates one of the last places where transparency was impossible to avoid: floor votes.

    Even where a back room deal is made, when it comes to passing or not passing legislation, even if deals have been made to secure votes you get a list of who votes which way.  And if you're a constituent who dislikes the way your representative or senator has been voting, you can track and save and act upon that information.

    But the silent filibuster allows legislation to be killed without a vote, without transparency, without accountability.

    And that's exactly what the talking filibuster brings back.  Accountability.  Hours of footage available online, on cable, re-run on news programs and late night.  Evidence of who stood where and for what and to what end.

    Precisely what Republicans have been avoiding.

    They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. ~Benjamin Franklin

    by TehWondahkitty on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 11:43:31 AM PDT

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