FINALLY we can (sort of) get back to the
democracy democratical** government that we are meant to be living in where the winning party is allowed to legislate for 4 years, and if their 4 years end up being a total screw-up, they get voted out of office and the other party will have its chance to screw things up for the next 4 years.
Unfortunately that has not happened for the past 5 years because the losing party, the Republicans, decided to abuse an old rule that came about by mistake many years ago, the filibuster.
Unfortunately Reid decided that this “nuclear option” only applies to Presidential Nominations, they can still use them for all the other stuff.
As one person noted on the NBC News website:
If the GOP ever regains control, they will immediately expand the rule to all legislation.
Now, the Republicans are saying that the Democrats are going against the intentions of the founding fathers, which is completely wrong as the founding fathers didn’t create the filibuster.
They are also calling it a “power grab.” But hold on, the Democrats won the election, they are supposed to be able to appoint their own people into office. The “power grab” has been what the Republicans have been doing by abusing the filibuster to shut the government down unless they get their way, thus grabbing the power away from the majority.
On top of the, they are threatening retaliation for this by doing away with the filibuster completely once they get into power? Perfect, that means that Reid needs to go all the way and abolish the filibuster completely now, since the Republicans will do it once they get a majority again.
So.. this is a good thing for politics in the United States, as it will allow things to get back to the way they were intended to be by the Founding Fathers.
*We know it’s nuclear, but:
**What is Democratical? What does it mean?
[expand title=”More” swaptitle=”Close”]In November 1787 James Wilson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, proposed a new classification of governments. He wrote:
“[T]he three species of governments are the monarchical, aristocratical and democratical. In a monarchy, the supreme power is vested in a single person: in an aristocracy … by a body not formed upon the principle of representation, but enjoying their station by descent, or election among themselves, or in right of some personal or territorial qualifications; and lastly, in a democracy, it is inherent in a people, and is exercised by themselves or their representatives.” – Read more here.