Friday, May 20, 2005

Safety Device

Today, the Senior Senator from my state of Tennessee will continue his assault on the American Democratic process.

(OK, I'm on a full blown rant, today. This is serious stuff and if you don't care go somewhere else.)

Until now, there has been a time honored cheack and balance angainst something we call, "The Tyranny of the Majority". We see it in all sorts of things built in to our form of government, chief among these examples is the requirement that it require Two thirds of the states to approve a change in our highest law in this land, the Constitution of the United States.

At times, a type of mass hysteria takes over any group of people and really bad and sometimes self destructive ideas take hold. A majority once thought slavery was a good idea. A majority once thought the Sun orbitted the Earth, and a majority once thought it was a good idea to attack Iraq because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction capable of producing a mushroom cloud in forty five minutes.

To protect against the consequences of at least some of these obviously stupid ideas, our leaders have, over our country's history, devised a few safety devices. The safety device the Republicans want to remove right now, is the Filibuster. When someone is really really opposed to some law or in this case, some judge getting a lifetime appointment to a Federal Judgeship, this can be the last resort. Senators do not use the Filibuster lightly. There is a cost involved regarding payback at a later date. The worst that can happen with a filibuster...

is nothing!

That's right! The end result of a filibuster is not one danged thing! The Senate just has to wait, or decide to take a different approach or maybe just stop what they are doing. What is wrong with that? I'll tell you.

Senator Bill Frist is a whore.

Sorry, wait, change that...Senator Bill Frist is a Lying whore!

Rather than belabor why that Lying Whore, Bill Frist, is a Lying Whore, I'll let you go here:

Now on with the rant!

Frist is dancing to the tune of the very sick man who runs Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson, who believes a number of really strange things, like beating a child with a stick if the child cries too much when he is being beaten with a stick. Mr. Dobson believes Jesus wants you to beat your children. Mr. Dobson also believes that he should be able to force his religious beliefs on your children while they are away at school. Dr. Dobson also believes that he should be able to force his religious beliefs on...


You will say HIS prayers and salute HIS version of the Ten commandments and your tax money will support HIS church work in the guise of a faith based charity.

Senator Frist is supposed to represent Tennessee. Dr. Dobson does not live here, but he pulls the strings that make Bill dance. We Tennesseans are getting screwed out of our Senator!

And Dr. Dobson will control YOUR Senator Frist, who has become nothing more than the puppet of the extreme right by trying to destroy one of the checks and balances of our government, the filibuster.

Why? So that the extreme right wing can put judges into lifetime offices who will make decisions, not on the law, but on what Dr. Dobson tells them, "Jesus wants them to do!"

...Owen "has been at times so eager to issue conservative rulings in cases before her on the Texas Supreme Court that she has ignored statutory language and substituted her own views." Hence the label, "unconscionable judicial activist."

So the Democrats want to stop the appointment of a judge who ignores the law...This is what they are supposed to do!

And Tennessee Senator Bill Frist will has served his own his own conscience up to the alter of extremeism and will even destroy the safety device created long ago that has served America well to serve his master.

By bits and pieces, Senator Frist and the other minions of Dr. Dobson will destroy our country if they are not stopped.

So every one in America should call their Senator, Republican and Democrat on the phone and simply tell the person who answers, this:

"I think it would be a tragedy for America if the Senate destroys the safety devices that help keep our Senators from making huge mistakes, such as appointing questionable Judges to lifetime positions. I am opposed to ending the filibuster and will watch to see how Senator (Alexander) conducts himself."

And just so you know it's not just about Judge Owen's religious extremeism:

"Justice Owen has also shown a disturbing lack of sensitivity to judicial ethics. She has raised large amounts of campaign contributions from corporations and law firms, and then declined to recuse herself when those contributors have had cases before her. And as a judicial candidate, she publicly endorsed a pro-business political action committee that was raising money to influence the rulings of the Texas Supreme Court."




Hey! What about MIssissippi?

New Rule: The next reality show must be called "America's Stupidest State." We'll start at 50, and each week, if your state does something really stupid with, say, evolution or images of the Virgin Mary, you'll move on to the next round. Now, of course, the final five will always end up being Alabama, Utah, Kansas, Texas and Florida. Sorry, Tennessee. – Bill Maher


  1. " Today, the Senior Senator from my state of Tennessee will continue his assault on the American Democratic process."

    Your Junior Senator isn't doing too 'badly' on this front either (unfortunately). As Josh said today, and I intimated the other day, if this were a 'secret' vote the fillibuster would hold. That's why I view any 'compromise' by the Democrats not only misguided and just wrong (because the Repugnicans can't be trusted to hold up their end of the bargain) but also a 'service' to the Repugnicans in providing cover for those unwilling to stand up for what they know to be right.

  2. Amen and rant on!

  3. Every now and then I wonder whether these are descendants of the old South -- with the old fire in the belly, the old resentments driving them. When I listen to the rhetoric and/or sound bytes coming out of the Senate, it seems full of old hatreds and suspicions and the defenses of a sidelined cultural and religious minority. Though there's a lot of triumphalism on the Right, it's easily trumped by their anger and defensiveness which has not been assuaged by "winning." They still want to create a situation in which they can watch their foe agonize, bleed, scream. The apparently imperturbable faces of the Democrats in the Senate -- so frustrating to us, their supporters -- may in fact be the perfect response to the hysterical bloodlust on the right.

  4. Amen, brother Steve. These extremist republicans frighten me in a way I've not been scared since I was a tiny little East Tennesseean.

    But really, Georgia must be #6.