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Ending filibuster could lead to Supreme Court 'nightmare scenario'
Life Site News ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Kirsten Andersen,Co-authored by Ben Johnson

Posted on 01/18/2013 2:46:50 AM PST by IbJensen

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2013, ( – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal to abolish the filibuster could lead to a “nightmare scenario,” in which “a radical social revolutionary” president could appoint Supreme Court justices without dissent from nearly half the Senate.

Reid has proposed new rules for the Senate that severely limit the minority party’s ability to block legislation and presidential appointments.

Under Reid’s proposed changes, Republicans would be prohibited from using the filibuster during the motion to proceed to debate, as well as when sending a bill to conference. In addition, during open debate, Republicans would have to be physically present and speaking in order to maintain opposition to a bill or nominee.

This, in the eyes of many observers, would mean an end to the filibuster as the Senate has known it, shifting undue power to the executive branch.

“The only final defense the minority party has – which represents all those Americans who did not vote for a current president – is the ability to filibuster,” said Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life League, who expressed concern that Reid’s rules will create an effortless path to confirmation for the most radical judicial nominees.

“Obama is a radical social revolutionary,” Rondeau told “He has already appointed scofflaws, tax evaders, self-described Communists, militant pro-abortion activists, and extreme ideologues to high positions.”

Changing Senate rules, as Reid proposes, “in essence gives Obama free rein in the Senate on executive appointments,” he said.

“Obama appointing Supreme Court justices with half of America not having any voice in the Senate?” Said Rondeau, “That is a nightmare scenario.”

“Reid is a demagogue who shows no hesitation in silencing the opposition party in putting his own party above the country,“ Rondeau said.

“Eliminating the filibuster and other rules changes in order to steamroll the minority party can only lead to irreversible damage to our nation and our families,” Rondeau added.

Obama's record troubles social conservatives, as well as constitutional experts.

“We have already seen this president’s disdain for his oath of office: HHS mandates that violate religious freedom; an order not to defend DOMA, a duly enacted law,” he stated.

“His aggressive funding and defense of abortion on demand proves he has no respect for the sanctity of life,” Rondeau told LifeSiteNews.

Senator Reid was not always in favor of ending the filibuster. The two parties were on opposite sides of the issue just a few years ago.

In 2005, Senate Republicans proposed a more limited change to the chamber’s rules, ending the use of the filibuster against lower level judicial nominees, something that at the time was all-but unprecedented.

When then-Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) considered “the nuclear option,” Reid said it was a “raw abuse of power. It is disturbing that Republicans have so little respect for the separation of powers established by our Founding Fathers.”

“It would mean that one man, sitting in the White House, has the practical ability to personally hand out lifetime jobs to judges whose rulings can last forever," Reid said. “That’s not how America works.”

At the time, then-Senator Barack Obama also opposed the changes.

“What [the American people] don't expect is for one party – be it Republican or Democrat – to change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet,” Obama said on the Senate floor.

“We need to rise above the 'ends justify the means' mentality,” he said.

At that time, a bipartisan “Gang of 14” senators – composed of seven Republicans and seven Democrats – reached a compromise not to filibuster judicial nominees except in “extreme circumstances.”

However, only six members of that group are still in the Senate.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dingyharryreid; filibuster; harryreid; senate; supremecourt
Obama is the most dangerous man in history, and history will show that I'm sure. He has followed exactly in the footsteps of one Joseph Stalin. I have no doubt that disarming America is high on the agenda and some catastrophe will be manufactured to seek dictatorial powers. Now this miserable liar, sociopath, phony citizen and hater of America has four more years to drive the final nails in our coffins!
1 posted on 01/18/2013 2:47:04 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Which of these charges is our present government not guilty of AND WHICH would THEY BECOME GUILTY OF IF THINGS PROGRESS AS THEY HAVE BEEN?


A bill of particulars documenting the king’s “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the Americans’ rights and liberties.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
*Read muslims and hordes of illegal aliens owing no allegiance to this country.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
*Replace Indian with muslim, nbp, laraza, union thugs, hardcore leftists, or all of the above.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

2 posted on 01/18/2013 2:53:10 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: IbJensen

“Reid said it was a ‘raw abuse of power’.”

hairy reid is a raw abuse of skin.

3 posted on 01/18/2013 2:57:11 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: MestaMachine

I think we’ve already reached a nightmare scenario when
his Obama was elected.

It says he’s already appointed radicals in every position.

For Reid to take away the GOPS influence.. that means they had to have had some in the first place. Which they did not. They’re a bunch of spineless weasels. So what would be the difference ?? They didn’t fight when they had the power....

4 posted on 01/18/2013 3:29:48 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: IbJensen



5 posted on 01/18/2013 3:49:05 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: IbJensen

“...“nightmare scenario,” in which “a radical social revolutionary” president could appoint Supreme Court justices without dissent from nearly half the Senate”

As much as I like this site, when was the last time the Republicans were ever willing to block a damn think of Obama’s, especially with regard to radical judges.

6 posted on 01/18/2013 3:59:25 AM PST by BobL
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To: IbJensen
“nightmare scenario,” in which “a radical social revolutionary” president could appoint Supreme Court justices without dissent from nearly half the Senate.

A little F'n LATE to worry about that, don't you think?

7 posted on 01/18/2013 4:25:00 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; IbJensen; ...

I think of this when I read comments here to the effect that we (GOP doesnt) dont need the WH or Senate, that a slim R majority in the House is enough just to block everything.

The GOP blew Senate elections that should have been easy wins in 2010 and 2012 and the Dems would only get rid of the filibuster if they were ~ sure the GOP has no hope for winning the Senate back.

Pray for justice Kenndy’s health. Imagine a justice Eliz warren.

8 posted on 01/18/2013 5:33:42 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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The Obamanations see themselves as a tight-knit clique of socialists/communists/unions/progs/liberals----bound together by "enlightened" values — like reason, tolerance, diversity and equality......

Mmmmmmm.........that sounds an awful lot like the "People's Temple." Rev Jim Jones promised a "better life, hope and change.....and diversity." Tolerant and compassionate Rev Jim Jones brought lotsa Kool-aid (and cases of cyanide) for the diverse crowd that blindly followed him to a place "from which there was no escape."


THE OBAMA WRAP ---These people are even scarier in triumph, when they've clearly mocked democracy and stolen the election. America has witnessed the consequences of a generation inculcated with moral relativity and situation ethics. The ghost of Saul Alinsky lurks behind M/M Obama, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Anita "Mao" Dunn, Valerie whatsherface, and the rest of the Ohaha ilk.

They clearly see themselves as "deconstructionists"----savagely committed to tearing down America's traditions. Every manaical official govt act is dedicated to chipping away at the bulwark of American freedoms.

The Obamanations are a virulent anti-American plague of religion haters.......vacant, surly Me-First humanoids who worship at The Church of Whatever Works For Me. Cadres of self-absorbed punks squatting in govt are clearly disturbed---obsessed with religious cleansing and kicking so/con Repubs to the curb.

The Ohaha savages duped the citizenry, led us over a multi-trillion dollar deficit cliff, into massive corrupt bailouts, and atrocities like amnesty.

Their motto: "Everything For Us--Nothing For You."

That same generation inculcated with moral relativity and situation ethics has segued into The Entitlement Generation---better known as "Pay Me--I'm a Victim.

We need to remember that the Obamanoids are ruthless predators w/ no empathy for others and no remorse; anti-social psychopaths who recognize no moral boundaries--aggressively going after what they want, irregardless of the consequences to others.

Paraphrasing Saul Alinsky----the author of evil anti-religious satanism......"they do not have a fixed truth -- truth to them is relative and changing..... they are free from the shackles of dogma."

"How'd I get reelected despite Benghazi, trillion dollar deficits, and a crappy economy? Easy---all Democrats need to win are knee-pads to suckup for votes, a blank check from the US Treasury, a bleeding heart and a steady supply of transfusions."

9 posted on 01/18/2013 6:27:46 AM PST by Liz
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HERE'S WHY WE WIN---THEY LOSE Ohaha's powerful secular/welfare/socialist/union coalition now dominates public life. But it has a very short shelf history shows.

The self-serving progs live in a dark place----they know only (1) the govt as enforcer, and, (2) the individual to be crushed.

Whereas Conservatiives are strongly united by love of country----and a dynamic force of issue-centered groups, associations, churches, tea parties, the power of the internet and web sites. There's powerful organizing issues----patriots, military, gun owners, pro-lifers, prayer groups, 1st amendment defenders, Bible study groups.........and on and on and on.

Obama's forces of evil refuse to recognize constitutional freedoms----and refuse play by the constitutiona norms in place.

The Founders escaped foreign domination and structured our govt to protect the citizenry from tyrants and oppression. The safeguards are there----they merely have to be mobilized.


Conservatives have the manpower to conduct democratically-inspired sabotage at every point. Hold up every bill, refuse to fund anything, filibuster the filibuster, investigate, and so on.

We are in the best position vis a vis the Dem/Prog/Obamanations. That's why we win, they lose.

10 posted on 01/18/2013 6:30:57 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

Will they do it?

11 posted on 01/18/2013 7:10:44 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: BobL
The Republican leadership view themselves as the gods of practicality and expert "poker players" (Nixon, Hoover, and Teddy Roosevelt are their fellow Saints) . For some reason though, debt just keeps on getting bigger as well as more programs inserted into the "beast" even when this "practical" pragmatic ideology of sorts is controlled through the Executive Branch.

To sum this up, the leadership has no Constitutional/limited government (Taxes is just a SMALL part of that equation) convictions, which is why they talk a good talk to get elected/rally the troops, but when crunch time comes, revert to that good-time religion of practicality, thus fold and in your case, invite all those ideologically pure Marxists (In the true sense, not USSR sense mind you) on the bench to Federal "Utopia".
12 posted on 01/18/2013 7:37:32 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: sickoflibs; upchuck; Kaslin; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale
Pray for justice Kenndy’s health. Imagine a justice Eliz warren.

Or Eric Holder

13 posted on 01/18/2013 12:32:21 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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