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    enough already

    What you say about Republicans getting aided more by the Senate's rules, that tend to obstruct action, because Republicans tend to obstruct government protection of the people from Republican cronies, is correct. But there's a flipside that is more powerful:

    this Congress never really felt that warmaking powers were in their hands, despite what the Constitution says on the subject.

    The flipside is that Democrats go to the Senate to "proactively help people", some people: the Democrats cronies. That's why it's so easy for them to abdicate their obligations to control the declaration and governance of war, as Article I specifically prescribes to their exclusive power. To avoid protecting the people's right to security in our persons, homes, papers and effects as the 4th Amendment prescribes. To avoid requiring the president to faithfully execute the laws. To confirm obviously unfit nominees to the Cabinet like Mukasey or any of his fellow crooks, or to allow insertion of monsters like Bolton, or to permit Unitary Executive coconspirators like Alito and Roberts. The list is endless.

    So while Republicans are frustrating Senate efforts to govern, and Democrats are failing to govern when they can, that gives us a Senate that does so little for the people - other than those with lobbyists and bribe budgets. It takes those surrender-loving Democrats to hand Republicans victories no matter who's got the majority.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 02:12:58 PM PDT

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