Posts Tagged ‘filibuster’

The Supreme Court Nominee and Hypocrites

Posted by Troy on 1st February 2017 in Current Events, Political

So I get to see Chuck Shumer talking about how the Supreme Court is too important not to have bipartisan support.  Gee…like the overhaul of our medical system (ie, 18% of our economy)?  I also remember how Democrats raged at Republicans being “obstructionists.”  I remember Obama constantly trashing Fox News and talk radio.  I see them foaming at the mouths because they can’t filibuster the cabinet seats (thank Harry Reid) and railing about using the nuclear option for the Supreme Court.  Hey…guys…MAD.  Mutually Assured Destruction.  That is the deterrent from using nukes.  Maybe you should have contemplated MAD when you invoked something EVEN YOU called “the nuclear option.”  Once someone pulls a nuke, the other is going to pull a nuke.  It’s WHY YOU DON’T PULL A NUKE!!!!!  Please write this down.  If you have trouble understanding it, I want you to read and re-read that over and over so that you might understand.

That being said, Republicans are being a little hypocritical at this juncture.  While the Democrats have taking “obstruction” to the point of absolute lunacy (and it’s backfiring as they look more and more foolish…learn to pick your battles, seriously), Republicans demanding a straight up and down vote on the Supreme Court nominee is laughable.  While they did follow prior tradition of not approving a nominee in an election year, it is very clear that they exercised their discretion and their power to do so.  If the Democrats were in charge of the Senate, they could have confirmed someone virtually overnight.  The reason for this is because the Democrats are unable to come up with a platform that the vast swath of States can get behind (otherwise, they would AMEND THE CONSTITUTION).  Instead, they rely on activist judges to do their bidding.  Why pass laws and take the heat?  Why go to all the trouble of actually AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION when you can have the Supreme Court just tell us that the Constitution suddenly changed!  The Senate never has to approve a new judge.  It’s part of the checks and balances system.  ”But that undermines the Supreme Court!  We need nine justices!”  No, we don’t.  We started out only having six (an even number).  Not having an odd number means nothing.  All it means is you might have a tie (which happens from time to time even with an odd number).  In this case, the lower court’s ruling stands.  If the people don’t like it, they will vote their Senator out and replace him.  Example: You have Democratic President and a Republican Senate.  The people believe that if a Democrat places a justice on the Supreme Court they will undo the 2nd Amendment.  As such, they continually put in Republican Senators that never appoint the Democratic appointee.  Is it distasteful?  Possibly, but you do see how this becomes a check and balance.  It is possible that a party may obtain an electoral majority while possibly having vast opposition from the majority of states.

So do I want the Republicans to enact the nuclear option?

No.  First, I’d like to go back to having NO CLOTURE.  As mentioned above, pulling nukes lead to more nukes.  This is super early in Trump’s Presidency.  There are 38 Democrats.  The longest filibuster was 24 hours and 18 minutes set by Strom Thurman.  Say what you will…he was old school.  I doubt any of these whimps could last more than 20 hours.  So that means that the absolute longest they could hold out would be 38 days.  So, let’s do this.  ”Okay, filibuster.  While you are talking, we will be reading the laws that the House has been passing while you blather on and on.”  Pay them no attention.  At the end of the day, take the CSPAN footage and just put together a compilation of every stupid thing they say.  Make it a YouTube sensation.  Mash it up with video clips (etc) a la Water’s World.  Just absolutely mock the shit out of them.  Meanwhile, they are making themselves look dumber and dumber with each passing day.  I doubt it lasts more then ten days.

That is what they should do go ahead and start the hearings, and let’s go.

Long Live the Constitution!

Obamacare showdown – Cruz, Reid, and McCain

Posted by Troy on 26th September 2013 in Current Events, Political

Cruz has drawn a lot of fire from the Left and Media types for his filibuster.  The thing is this, I applaud any politician who stands against a law.  Even if it was 99 to 1, he has every right to do what he did.  I would go so far as to say that he has an obligation to those who elected them to do whatever he can to represent them.  There is something noble in fighting something when you know you are going to lose in the end.  Just think of the 300 Spartans holding off the entire Persian army.  They knew they were going to lose, but they fought anyway.  Standing up for what you know is right is an honorable thing.  Even if you disagree with those people, you salute them even as you take them down.

Reid is spitting fire for those Republicans that are still fighting Obamacare saying “It’s the law of the land!  Sit down and shut up!”  Hell, I guess they should have told that to Martin Luther King Jr regarding Jim Crow Laws.  Right?  Slavery was the law of the land, no need to stop that.  I could play this game all day.  Hell, I just wish that the Democrats would accept that the Second Amendment, that the Constitution itself, is the law of the land and would just sit down and shut up.

Then there’s McCain.  Wrong on pretty much everything, McCain.  The people have spoken!  Really?  Seems like most people don’t like this.  Most people that have political influence have spoken and have managed to get themselves exempted from this so called “law of the land that only applies to people who don’t have the political capital to escape this impending disaster!”

Then there’s Obama himself.  He says he won’t be blackmailed by risking the full faith and credit of the United States.  Never before have I seen a President with so little respect for the office.  He is hyper-inflating our money.  With a slip of the tongue, he got us into a bind with Syria without a win.  He is a narcissist of the highest order.  If the full faith and credit of the United States is that important, he could always give an extension with the stipulation that doing so will cause the Republicans massive losses in the next election.  Of course, that wouldn’t happen because his signature law is so unpopular most of the country would be happy at that outcome, which is why Obama is touring the country STILL trying to convince us that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread even if it is going to cost most people a lot more and give people a lot less.

Long Live the Constitution!

Go Rand, Go! – Support for Rand Paul’s Epic Filibuster

Posted by Troy on 6th March 2013 in Current Events

Much like when King Leonidas at Thermopylae, there is something very noble about a man standing against invincible odds and holding out until he is totally spent.  In the end, it will all be for naught, and he knows this.  His voice will be horse, his wits will be slowed, his body will ache, and he will have nothing to show for it other than the honor of having fought the good fight.  So, why do I praise him?  Because, in the end, that is all of us.  At the end of the day, this world destroys us all in the truest sense that we will all die.  All we can do is try our best and fight the good fight every day of our lives even though we know in the end, defeat is inevitable.  I think that’s why we support the valiant.  That’s why we root for the underdog.

I have to say, I love some of the points he is making.  This is his finest moment, and this is what he will be remembered for, especially if he breaks Strom Thurmond’s record.  I hope he does.  I hope they do a DVD collection of his speech.  I know I’d watch it.

For evil to triumph, good men need do nothing.  For our rights to be stripped one by one, we just remain silent.  Praise be to Rand Paul for making his stand and speaking his mind.

Long Live the Constitution!