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Tom Oliphant was on Al Franken today and reminded people that during the Civil Rights Era the use of the filibuster was widely abused by the likes of Strom Thurmond to prevent liberal legislation from being adopted.

So, except for the twisting of history now being used over the judges it was usually seen as an obstructionist tactic.

So what would be a useful alternative that would protect the rights of the minority (note that Thurmond was not protecting the rights of the minority, but supporting racism)?

It's not sufficient to just support a minority viewpoint, there needs to be some additional mechanims in place.

Originally posted to robertdfeinman on Thu May 19, 2005 at 04:57 PM PDT.

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  •  It's a Lame Argument (4.00)
    Saying filibuster rule is bad because it was used by segregationists in past is like saying the First Amendment is bad because it's used by neo-Nazis to assert their right to have marches and rallies.
  •  It is an obstructionist tactic. (none)
    And the Democrats are using it to obstruct the Religious Right from cramming seven judges who are not qualified to interpret the laws of this nation (which apply to all people in the nation) onto the Federal Bench.

    The racists were the minority when Strom Thurman was using the fillabuster, and he was using it to attempt to protect them from legislation which would have granted equal legal rights to all Americans.  It was used to protect the minority, its just the minority was the racists instead of the rational.

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