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    Scientician, wilderness voice

    Not only is the filibuster not in the Constitution, it violates it.  As you say, it specifies when super majority rules should be used, clearly meaning that majority rules are the default rule.  This is also the only way to make sense of the VP's power to break ties.  One could point to tradition, but that won't work either, since today's filibuster rules were created in the 70s.  And besides, to the extent it is tradition, it was largely used to stop civil rights laws, anti-lynching laws, etc.  

    I'd rhetorically package this with new rules to 1) extend the right to vote to all citizens over the age of 18 (at least) and 2) place the burden of voter registration and the like on government not people 3) make election day a federal holiday, etc.  We need a democracy agenda.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

    by David Kaib on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:12:49 PM PST

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