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March 01, 2005

Tipping Point?

Senator Byrd provides us with another excuse to go nuclear - oh, and to be outraged! (HT: Hugh Hewitt)

[Adoloph Hitler] recognized the enormous, psychological value of having the law on his side. Instead, he turned the law inside out and made his illegality legal. And that is what the nuclear option seeks to do.
Is it time to break out the Holocaust photos and videos? When the loony left (think Moore and the folks at DU) says things like this, I shrug it off. But this vitriol is brought to you from the leader of the Democratic Party and the senior Democrat in the United States Senate.

RNC Chairman Ken Melham says Byrd's remarks are "reprehensible and beyond the pale." Take the cue activists and speak up! This must not be tolerated.

Another thing that must not be tolerated is the unconstitutional denial of each and every Senator's right to offer advice and consent. Existing rules disenfranchise a majority of US Senators!

Be sure to read Radioblogger's comprehensive rebuttal to Byrd's tripe, especially as they pertain to his arguments for the filibuster. Wasn't Byrd the one who weakened the filibuster, not once, but four times? (This, according to Senator Arlen Specter)

Aside from the hypocrisy involved - I expect that from politicians on both sides of the isle - Radioblogger points out the intent of the Senate's Constitutional role to offer advice and consent. Most compellingly, he quotes Federalist #66 by Hamilton as cited in Mark Levin's, "Men in Black."

It will be the Office of the President to nominate, and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint. There will, of course, be no exertion of choice on the part of the Senate. They may defeat one choice of the Executive, and oblige him to make another; but they cannot themselves choose - they can only ratify or reject the choice he may have made. -- Alexander Hamilton
I love that term - "ratify or reject." The filibuster may have many good and Constitutional uses; but Senate Rule 22 currently allows a minority of Senators to prevent duly elected Senators from exercising their Constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent on Presidential appointments.

Get your heads out of the clouds and mobilize to action! Don't be so "spiritually" minded that you are of no earthly good. Speak in defense of our Constitution and Senators' rights to advice and consent. Buttress good with action and deny attempts to obfuscate good and evil. Stand up and be counted. Stand up!

Posted by Rick at March 1, 2005 09:02 PM

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So, presumably, Senator Byrd forgot to mention why it was ok for the Democratic majority to weaken the filibuster in the '70s, when he was a part of that majority, but it's now suddenly the equivalent of an unconstitutional action, now that he's in the minority? Did he also mention where he launders his white hood and robe? Oops, off point, sorry about that.

Posted by: Mark Sides at March 1, 2005 10:39 PM

We have the Emmy, the Tony, the Golden Globe and the Oscar. Now the left has brought us the Hitler. The left doles out Hitlers to conservatives like the Academy hands out the Oscar to Michael Moore - and neither deserves the conferment.

Posted by: Rob at March 2, 2005 07:24 AM