Frist and Fillibuster (Part II)
"Of course, deciding to dismantle an age old democratic tradition in one of our most hallowed Governmental chambers does not come without personal political ramifications. In a move of desperation, Bill Frist has established himself as the Religious Right's candidate for the 2008 GOP Presidential Nomination.
Ordinarily, a move to simply eradicate the opposition in order to push through judicial nominees wouldn't have anything to do with a religious movement. Except this time Frist went one step further and allied himself with the Family Research Council and led credibility to their ridiculous claim that conservative judges are being held up because of their faith. The group even goes so far as to say "[the judicial nominees] are being blocked because they are people of faith and moral conviction."
So it appears that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is poised to take the plunge and take the lead in banning the use of the Filibuster.
I personally think that would be a shame, since the filibuster is one of the tools ways a large minority has to keep polarizing legislation from being rammed through congress by a bare majority. Being a radical centrist myself, I like these sort of internal checks and balances, and would hate to see another barrier to extremism fall.
Haven't these guys ever seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?"
As quoted at MyDD:
"The partisan warfare over the judiciary and the filibuster is heating up. The explicit alliance of the Republican Senate Leader to a handful of extremist religious organizations is upping the ante. The rhetoric which claims Democrats and Liberals are against religion and people of faith is an attempt to stoke hatred to win political battles. It's a dangerous game that we must meet head on.
Progressive Churches and Religious Organizations cannot remain silent in this battle. To do so only legitimizes the extremists as the leaders of Christianity in America. Likewise, all Democrats and Liberals must defend themselves and communicate effectively that freedom of religion is one of our highest ideals."