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  •  Restoring the filibuster, not changing it (0+ / 0-)

    Filibustering was never painless until the GOP turned it into just another way to obstruct by numbers instead of individuals.
    Filibustering was always a way of extending the debate on an issue in order to have time for the Senate members to reflect in how they would vote, and/or to collect enough changed minds to pass or defeat a bill.

    It was always done as a test of an individual's stamina and pain threshold. There was a physical cost to any member who was brave enough to mount a filibuster.

    By simply declaring a filibuster, the action became nothing but an empty threat if no one was actually willing to physically hold the Senate hostage to it's own rules.

    It is high time to restore the filibuster to what it once was- a rare last ditch effort taken on by only the most committed persons.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 01:56:26 PM PDT

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