Vox Blogoli 2.2 — Nuclear? I Say Yes!

Posted By: 'Okie' | 6:51 pm — 2/26/2005 | Comments Off on Vox Blogoli 2.2 — Nuclear? I Say Yes! See comments below:

Hugh Hewitt has called for entries in Vox Blogoli 2.2: Does the Senate GOP Go McClellan or Grant if Harry Reid “Goes Gingrich?”

“Grant” is the only option if you are a committed conservative and wish to see constitutional behavior reinstated in the federal judiciary. By this I mean the appointment and approval, over the next four years, of strict “constructionist” judges to the Federal, Appellate and Supreme Court benches to replace the liberal “activist” judges that are soon to retire.

During the first Bush term, the Senate Judiciary Committee was held up by far too many filibusters with Senate Democrats blocking those nominees liberals deemed to be offensive to their pet causes, mainly abortion on demand. Terrified that the current Republican simple Senate majority would allow them to change the cloture rule regarding filibusters, which currently requires a super-majority of 60 votes to cut-off a filibuster, Democratic Senator Harry Reid is threatening to shut down the Senate, Newt Gingrich style, if such a rules change is enacted by a simple majority vote.

Whether the Senate has the authority to change their rules by a simple majority is beyond my pay grade to argue, but it looks like we might find out, if enough of our elected Republican Senators have the stones to force this issue and get it done.

But why, you ask? Because, no matter what George W. Bush tries to accomplish these next four years, or what he actually manages to make happen, the most long lasting positive effect he can have on our country and its government is to replace as many activist liberal judges as possible, especially at the higher levels, and even more important, at the Supreme Court level, with judges that will interpret the Constitution from a constructionist viewpoint, and stop legislating from the bench. This is the only way that our elected representatives at every level — city, county, state & federal — can enact the will of the people.

Many are crying out against a possible “tyranny of the majority” if the Senate no longer will have the ability to block judicial nominees from an up-or-down vote of the full Senate, however we currently are subject to a “tyranny of the minority” as activist judges overrule votes of the people on same-sex-marriage, abortion and racial issues.

“People For the American Way”, “Common Cause” and other liberal groups are fighting against the Bill Frist “nuclear option” via online petitions, email and call-in campaigns. Those of us that want to see a long lasting change in our government that outlasts the eight years of George W. Bush need to let the Republican Senate Majority know how we feel. Here is Senate Majority Leader Frist’s web site. (db)

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