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    Thomas Jefferson wrote that the government created for the United States by his contemporaries wouldn't last for more than a few generations because people would forget what it was all about.  Our system depends on engaged citizens and active participation.   He was right that people would forget but it lasted longer than he thought.  

    The Senate does have rules but nothing requires unanimous consent.  A simple majority was customary for the President's nominees to appointed positions, except for the rare instance when the minority party used its privilege to require 2/3 which has been changed to 3/5 or 60 votes.  

    From 1921 to 1973 the privilege was used a total of 10 times.  In those 52 years, the stock market crashed and there was a Great Depression followed by New Deal legislation that created Social Security and the WPA, there was World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the atom bomb was created, Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws were passed, and a government program sent a man to the moon.  With all of that, there were only 10 occasions when simple majority rule was extended to require extra votes.  

    Now it happens 50, 60, 70 times in a year and if it was done for the sake of democracy it would be defensible.  
    The worst thing a citizen can do is to shrug it off as the system is used against the people.

    All of that isn't even the point.  The illegality is in setting a precondition, a demand that must be met, before the Republicans will allow the confirmation hearing to go forward.

    "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

    by leftreborn on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:40:53 PM PST

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