I want to make just a brief comment about the decision taken yesterday by the U.S. Senate to change the rules regarding about the “advise and consent” provisions of the Constitution for Presidential appointees.
The liberals in the Senate for the most part eliminated filibusters for nominations by presidents by changing a rule that has been in place for 225 years. It is a result of a short-term mentality by Democrats that undermines the rights, voice and ability of the minority party, whoever is the minority party at the time. It reflects the Obama doctrine of “we will just do what we want”, forget the law and make it up as we go along.
The action taken is sad, pathetic, small minded and destructive.
I can at times see both sides of an issue where there are two sides. In this case, Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-votes.
Senator Harry Reid, frustrated by the minority exercising their rights, threw a temper tantrum. It is hard to imagine a worse Majority Leader, one who refuses by legislation and rule manipulation to allow the minority to offer amendments to legislation; fretting because the tactics used by the Republicans are the same as used by Democrats during the Bush Administration. What a hypocrite.
My view of the action is not political. If the political tables were turned, I would be saying the same thing.
Democracy took a huge blow yesterday. The power by Government to rule by fiat increased. The country is worse off today, the future protection of the rights of all citizens to be represented went to the side of the road like a sack of discarded garbage.
I do not think, Senator Reid cares, he just wants his way, and do the bidding of his White House masters. Those that may have a contrary view are simply in the way.
This change will come back and bite the Democrats. It will bite us all. It puts more sour in what is served cold to the opposition. The Senate did a disservice to themselves and to all of us.
The growth of government, its interference in almost every aspect of our lives, its idiotic rules and dictates have reached a point where basic liberty is challenged and freedom of choice are no longer made by the individual.
The action yesterday is more of the same. It is a monumental event. Senator Reid defended the action by saying the Senate has changed. Yes, indeed it has and he is a prime example as are his breathen. The country has not been served by able leaders.