February 22, 2010
Harry Reid's Filibuster Flip Flop
Posted by Dave Blount at February 22, 2010 8:59 AM
The filibuster was an integral part of our country's history, up until Dems took control of the Senate:
Thank you Senator Reid, for explaining why the filibuster is so important — and why the Democrat majority wants to destroy it. Reid's words back when Republicans held the Senate, from a transcript at Fox News:
…when legislation is supported by the majority of Americans, it eventually overcomes a filibuster's delay, as public protests far outweigh any senator's appetite for filibuster. But when legislation only has the support of the minority, the filibuster slows the legislation, prevents a senator from ramming it through and gives the American people enough time to join the opposition.
Mr. President, the right to extended debate is never more important than when one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases, the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government. …
For 200 years we've had the right to extended debate [i.e., filibuster]. It's not some procedural gimmick. It's within the vision of the founding fathers of our country. … They established a government so that no one person and no single party could have total control.
Some in this chamber want to throw out 214 years of Senate history in the quest for absolute power. They want to do away with Mr. Smith, as depicted in that great movie, being able to come to Washington. They want to do away with the filibuster. They think they're wiser than our founding fathers. I doubt that that's true.
Reid himself, on the other hand, is much wiser than the Founding Fathers.
Now if they could just use the "reconciliation" power play to quash the filibuster and ram through legislation that would ban keeping video of Democrats long enough to prove that they are completely full of BS.
On a tip from Milton.