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  •  If the Dems get 50+1 in the Senate, take the gun.. (7+ / 0-)

    ... out of the infants' hands by ending the filibuster "as we know it."

    •  We said that 2 years ago and Dems wimped out (3+ / 0-)

      "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

      by Lefty Coaster on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:11:46 PM PDT

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      •  Partly because there have been times in the past (0+ / 0-)

        when only a filibuster saved us. But it has been turned into a MONSTER by Mitch McConnell.

        How to change things without throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

        Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

        by Catskill Julie on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 06:06:43 PM PDT

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        •  Yes that tired old canard (0+ / 0-)

          I'm sick of it.

          "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

          by Lefty Coaster on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 06:14:53 PM PDT

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        •  The filibuster 'as we know it' must be ended. (2+ / 0-)
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          Lefty Coaster, DarkestHour

          Step One, require that all filibusters must be full-fledged "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" filibusters, where the perpetrator must STAND ON HIS FEET, at his desk, and talk CONTINUALLY, with no breaks of more than a couple seconds at a time, no yielding to anybody. Also, allow the Senate to transact NO other business while a filibuster is going on.

          And if the speaker pauses more than 10 seconds: bang-bang down goes the gavel.

          Over the years the Dems have always been terrified of doing this because, the reasoning goes, "oh my god, if you do this, the GOP will stop at nothing to utterly obstruct anything you ever want to do if they assume control."

          Well gee whiz, wouldn't that be awful. Gosh I hope something terrible like that never happens.

          I got news for you: If the GOP ever assumes control of the Senate, they will GET RID of the filibuster --  completely wipe it out -- within 15 minutes of gaveling the first session to order.

          After that, it will be ram, ram, ram, ram, ram, ram, ram, ram, ram and ram some more. Everything by up-and-down voice vote. The Yeas have it, bang bang, next vote.

          Look what they have done in every state legislature they have taken over. It is the ALEC blueprint -- the corporatist conspiracy to seize control of every arm of government possible.

          Brook no opposition, tolerate no debate. Sit down and shut up. Ram, ram, ram.

          If and when the GOP ever takes over, that's what they'll do. What kind of idiots are the Dems to doubt it for a moment?

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