Tim Schowalter: Long Live the filibuster
November 2, 2010
To the Editor:
The liberal mainstream media and Obama’s Democrats would have you believe that the Republican Party invented the filibuster to stop their one party rule. It is of course part of the Constitution and a brilliant strategy to limit the powers of one-party rule. One-party rule leads to corruption, arrogance and a closed mind toward new legislation. Obama and the Democrats tell you the Republicans are the party of No. A little history is important here as just a few years back, the Democrats were the minority and they were the party of No.
The right to filibuster resides with the Senate and the rule calls for a vote of 60 senators to bring a bill up for a vote. Any senator who thinks a bill is wrong for the country or believes his constituents are opposed to the bill has the moral obligation to filibuster to stop the bill. Ideally the power of the filibuster would lead to compromise.
Unfortunately, under the current dogmatic approach of the Democrats, there has been no effort to compromise, they just jam unread bills down our throats. The Democratic Party has become the party of No Compromise.
Hopefully the coming election will reestablish some balance in Congress. However, it may also lead to a stalemate. A stalemate is fine with me. We would be a lot better off if we had stalemated earlier and didn’t have a series of 2,000 page bills that no one read before passing. No bill is better than a bad bill. I would put my faith in the country figuring out solutions to its problems rather than being dictated to by the federal government.
Keep the filibuster, vote Republican.
Tim T. Schowalter