by Geri Brady Kelly
March 25, 2005
Despite bipartisan confirmation of 95% of President Bushes nominees
to the courts, the extreme right plans to invoke the "nuclear
option" an obscure parliamentary rule that can eliminate
the right to filibuster judicial nominees. As we know, a filibuster
is a way for senators to extend debate and delay controversial
votes. If the "nuclear option" is invoked, the minority
party will be silenced for the first time in history. 200 years
of bipartisan checks and balances that have kept the courts fair
for centuries are threatened by this action.
Eliminating the filibuster
is not about overcoming obstructionism, it's about the desire
for one-party control. With the filibuster eliminated the majority
party could have absolute power over all three branches of government.
No matter which side of the aisle you sit on, that's frightening;
and certainly not the intent of the Framers.
Alaskans, I urge you to educate
yourselves on this subject and let Senators Murkowski and Stevens
know where you stand.
Geri Brady Kelly
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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