Sunday, April 17, 2005

Who Ya' Gonna Call? MYTH-BUSTERS!

Wendy E. Long posted this excellent article at

Here's an excerpt:

"Myth No. 1:Filibuster of judges is a sacred tradition.

Fact: The filibuster is nowhere in the Constitution. It is not among the"checks and balances" our Founding Fathers created. It did not even exist until the 1830s, and the "tradition" involves legislation, not judicial appointments.

The filibuster was used to defend slavery and oppose the Civil Rights Act; hardly noble purposes. The current obstruction of judges is no"traditional" filibuster: it is the first time in more than 200 years thateither party has filibustered to keep judges with majority support off thefederal bench."


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