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January 28, 2006

Filibuster Alito

Maybe, just maybe? MoveOn.org is sponsoring a campaign to support the filibuster. This article explains why the real issue is consolidation of power in the presidency rather than abortion rights. CBS downplays support for the filibuster.

I just wrote to my Senators, Jim Jeffords and Patrick Leahy of Vermont:

Dear Senators,

Please reject the further consolidation of political power in the interests of only one of America's many constituencies by participating in and maintaining the filibuster against Samuel Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Effective democracy is founded upon the vigorous interaction of different viewpoints. Judge Alito's record indicates a viewpoint that coincides with that of other Justices already on the court; in other words, his nomination contributes to a consolidation of one ideology rather than fostering the diversity upon which America's proudest values stand.

The United States Supreme Court is the most symbolic enactment of freedom, independence, and the rule of law. It can only maintain its integrity if - within its own membership - it cultivates the freedom of interpretive choice based upon a wide range of independent ideologies. These ideologies must represent the broad range of cultural, social, ethnic and economic strata of the US citizenry, else the Supreme Court becomes merely a tool of a minority in power, rather than a judicial body vested with the interests of the nation as a whole.

Your courage in fighting for all Americans encourages and inspires me to believe that you will continue this good fight on behalf of deeper, more enduring values than the will to power.


Stephanie Jo Kent

Posted by Steph at January 28, 2006 10:16 AM


To Stephanie,
It would be fantastic if the democrats would follow your advice. It would do more to damage their cause and help the opposition than anything I can think of at the moment, other than setting Ted Kennedy forth as a paragon of virtue.
Harold VanValin

Posted by: Harold VanValin at January 30, 2006 11:44 PM

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