Originally created 05/24/05

Preserve Senate's filibuster



I hope all moderate voices in Aiken pay close attention to what happens in the U.S. Senate this week.

Extreme, far-right Republi-cans are going for the ultimate power grab by trying to silence the voice of Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Senate. They want to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster, which has protected the voice of the minority for more than 200 years.

This abuse of power would eliminate debate and dissent in the Senate, giving President Bush a blank check to push his radical agenda and extreme judges. It would put our most fundamental values at risk by eliminating the checks and balances that keep our democracy strong.

The Senate has always been a place where the majority and minority have had a voice. Sen. Bill Frist wants to give the White House a blank check for all of its judicial nominees - up to and including the Supreme Court. The Senate has approved 208 of 218 of Bush's judicial nominee's; now the Republican Senate wants to change the rules to get all of the judges. ...

Some of these judges are so out of the mainstream that they are extreme. I urge anyone who cares about this country's future to research these 10 extreme judges. Tell our senators to say no to eliminating the filibuster. This is not a religious issue; it is an issue for all Americans. ... If moderate, intelligent, long-term-viewing people would pay attention to what is really about to happen in the Frist Senate, then I think more people would be against the "nuclear option."

I urge our senators to stand up and protect our democracy by opposing the GOP power grab. Remind Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint that they do not work for the Bush machine, but for South Carolinians.

Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.