Anyone else eating turkey on Black Friday Eve? As we all know, Black Friday Eve is the Thursday before the last Friday of every November. It commemorates the day the Pilgrims feasted for a whole day in order to prepare for a full day of shopping the next morning, sometimes even that same night!
“The ability of a minority to thwart the agenda and will of the party in power is a feature, not a bug, of the constitutional order, but “majority rules” is, unsurprisingly, popular with the majority.”—
Ed Krayewski, responding to the Senate Democrats who voted down party lines (52-46) to”effectively [overturn] more than 200 years of Senate precedent, not only on the judicial filibuster, …but by moving to change the chamber’s rules without the traditional two-thirds majority in support, something previously done only to alter relatively minor rules.”
[The filibuster intends to] slow down the process, raise public awareness, and push said public to agitate against encroachments of liberty. As the old simile goes, legislation is poured into the senatorial saucer to cool it.
It is about as noble an act as can be undertaken in that ignoble cesspool that is the District of Criminals (which, I grant, is not saying much). …
[T]he filibuster is but a tiny speck of dust in the grease of the infernal gears of government, lending it but a small bit of hesitation in turning.
In fact, if all senators ever did was filibuster, the world would be a happier, healthier, safer, and better place. It is, by far, the most productive thing a senator can do short of resigning.
The government just made it easier for them to pass legislation (i.e. tell you what to do). Considering the overwhelming majority of legislation is harmful, this is outrageous. What they should be doing is repealing the 17th Amendment. Of course, the Democrats will be singing a different tune whenever they are out of power again…
“The New York Times today compares the Obamacare debacle to Bush’s problems with Katrina. It’s a comparison I’ve made several times myself. But the obvious difference is that George W. Bush didn’t spend years forcing the Affordable Hurricane Act on the American people. And he didn’t have three years to plan for its arrival, either. Nor did he have a national press corps desperate to minimize the downside of the storm. [….] Oh and conservatives didn’t go around saying that they had completely and totally mastered all of the nuances of meteorology and climate. And—wait—I should also mention that Republicans never said that any criticism of their Affordable Hurricane Act was racist and extremist. Aha! I almost forgot. Bush didn’t promise every single living American: ‘You can keep your current weather if you like it. Period.’ But other than that, I guess the comparison is spot on.”—Jonah Goldberg, November 15, 2013, National Review Online newsletter (via eftrom)