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To: smoothsailing
Don't they realize that the founding fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution precisely to make it hard to control the Senate? The founders wanted to restrain momentary Pelosian majorities in the House of Representatives with regional power in the upper house. They set the controls to make the U.S. almost ungovernable -- by design.

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the filibuster a Senate procedural rule, and not something implemented by the Founders?

24 posted on 02/15/2010 11:56:12 PM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: thecabal

“I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the filibuster a Senate procedural rule, and not something implemented by the Founders?”

I don’t think he was talking about the filibuster.

In the Constitution as written, Senators were not elected, but appointed by state legislatures—and that for a six year term. That was supposed to give them a certain stability that would counter the zigs and zags of the House, whose members are elected for two year terms.

James Madison said:

The use of the Senate is consistent in its proceedings with more coolness, more wisdom than the popular branch of government. Its hallmark would not be the majoritism of the House, but the emphasis on the rights of individual Senators to consider and impact legislation.

Tom Coburn said:

There are two examples in history on how the Senate has operated as intended as a bulwark against hasty decisions and bad policy.


38 posted on 02/16/2010 4:15:08 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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