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  •  OK, I guess burning witches was too obscure (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, Shirl In Idaho

    Up until this cycle, every gay rights initiative that has been voted on by the People has been voted down. The majority (until recently) was perfectly OK with trampling on LGBTQ folk. If 51 Senators and a Majority of the House were to drive through draconian laws in re gays and a Conservative Majority court was blocking the judiciary route, you'd want the pro-gay rights minority in the Senate to have at least some chance of fighting it.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:50:02 AM PST

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    •  that's backwards I believe. (4+ / 0-)
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      milton333, Shirl In Idaho, StrayCat, ferg

      the filibuster hurts Civil Rights. All the big civil rights bills were continually stymied by the filibuster in the 40s, 50s.

      Even though a majority wanted to pass them!

      LGTBQ rights the same - now you need 60 votes to get the Senate to move. w/o the filibuster you only need 51.

      Trust me, it's not your friend. It is not a check and balance as understood by the framers. It is an impediment.

      W/o it, for example, we would have already passed legislation regulation CO2 emissions. And we would have had a better health care bill and a better financial regulation bill than Dodd-Frank.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:14:14 AM PST

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