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  •  The proper use of rules (4+ / 0-)
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    in the Senate and the House should reflect the Constitution and laws of the land -- where minorities generally cannot be just steamrolled by the majority if things work as they should.

    Reid is not trying to set up a dictatorial construct which completely ignores the minority.  I wouldn't want it any other way.  His is, therefore, honoring his oath to the Constitution and his duty as majority leader to make progress on legislation that will benefit the entire country.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:16:45 AM PST

    •  We have majority rule in America (1+ / 0-)
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      When a majority of the people elect a majority of the legislators, then they get to pass bills.

      That's not dictatorship, that's democracy.  

      •  Tyranny of the Majority (0+ / 0-)

        This was a concern dating back to Ancient Greece, who called it "ochlocracy".

        John Adams wrote about it, John Stuart Mill cautioned against it, several of the Federalist Papers speak against it.

        This is exactly why we have super majority requirements built into our system and again, EXACTLY why it requires a super majority to change the rules.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:43:21 AM PST

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