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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Jurists Picked for Showdown on Filibuster - Democrats Stand United against Republican Abuse of Power

"The time has come for Republican senators to decide whether they will abide by the rules of the Senate or break those rules for the first time in 217 years of American history, "It is time to say no to this abuse of power." Link

The Republican leadership in the Senate is proposing to fundamentally alter the function of the US government. Their gambit to streamline the approval process for President Bush's judicial nominees by eliminating the 200-year-old practice of filibustering would effectively do away with the last vestige of the system of checks and balances deliberately constructed by the founding fathers as a fire-wall against tyranny. President Bush himself should speak out against it at once. That is, of course, unlikely.

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