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  •  Actually, there's some argument that (1+ / 0-)
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    the concept of a  filibuster dates back to the early 1800's.  The first filibuster was in 1837.  

    See here and here.

    The Senate was always an institution that gave such deference to Senators that the minority could slow, or even stop, the passage of legislation.  

    It's very true that the filibuster has been used much, much more often recently, more often than initially intended.  And there's some debate as to how much "coolness" the Senate was supposed to interject into the legislative process, and how it was supposed to be able to do that.

    But it's a myth to think that it was contemplated that the Senate was intended to function like today's House on a simple "majority rules, minority is powerless" basis.  It was always intended to be much more deliberative, and that it would pass legislation by consensus far more than the House.   The whole point of having Senators elected for six year terms, and only 1/3 of the Senate turning over every election, fosters that.  

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