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  •  I've been in shock for a year (4.00)
    and the only thing that keeps me from giving in to the depression that only about half the people in this country believe in the values that America has always represented, is that I want my grandchildren to see that I went down fighting.

    There have been excellent diaries on these points, and if I were technologically adept I'd link them, but basically this is what any reasoning person can conclude:

    1. The Republicans talk a lot of "moderation" but when it comes right down to it, they vote like sheep. All the rhetoric we've heard for years about them being the party of fiscal responsibility and individual freedoms goes right out the window when they're given their talking points.
    2. The nuclear option is going to be used, it's just a question of how much of the judiciary they can load with extreme conservatives before we actually stand up and say we're going to fight. If we won't stand up against Alito, a man with a clear record of supporting executive powers and with little regard for individual rights against government or corporations, then pray tell when DO we stand up??
    3. The bigger the fuss we make, the harder it is for them to avoid the inevitable backlash that occurs when issues of Presidential power or individual freedoms and privacy go before the Supreme Court -- whether this year, or 10 years from now. If we don't fight HARD now, in the future the public will forget who put Alito on the bench and who rammed an ultra-conservative agenda down the collective throats of a moderate, tolerant (albeit forgetful) American public.

    I am not so optimistic that I think we can actually prevent this appointment. I fully expect them to use their nuclear option. But we should make it as loud and as messy as possible.
    There should be no fear. It is THEY who should be fearful, because once they use that option they have effectively taken that tool out of their own toolbox forever, and they used it much more often than liberals did.

    A final thought: this is really more about Executive power and individual rights vs. the State for me, but if the social conservatives are so damned sure that they represent the majority view in our nation, then why do they try so hard to deny that Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade?

    This seems to me our "all or nothing" moment. Let them show their hand for all the country to see, and let it be so loud that the country never forgets who removed the filibuster from the toolbox and who fought for a balance of powers and for the rights of the average citizen vs. government/corporate power.

    •  I agree on most points. (none)
       It has been much more than a year for me, though.  I went into shock when they started talking about invading Iraq.  I knew pretty much what would happen if they did.  It isn't hard to know if you have taken just a couple of International Relations classes in college.

      I don't agree with you that the nuclear option will necessarily be used.  After all, Republicans have successfully used filibuster themselves in the past and would want it available as much as Democrats do.

      I don't agree that we will lose this fight.  It is looking more and more this weekend as though the Republicans are running scared and trying to scare us into giving up.

      As they said in Galaxy Quest, "Never give up, Never surrender!"

    •  Very well said (none)
      I'm not optimistic that alito will be blocked. But sommabitch, I want to go down swinging. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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