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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Democrats seem willing to finally make the Republicans actually talk during their excessive use of the filibuster which the Republican Party has used to block the majority agenda. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton deplored this type of practice in Federalist Paper #22 "To give a minority a negative upon the majority (which is always the case where more than a majority is requisite to a decision), is, in its tendency, to subject the sense of the greater number to that of the lesser. Congress, from the nonattendance of a few States, have been frequently in the situation of a Polish diet, where a single veto has been sufficient to put a stop to all their movements. A sixtieth part of the Union, which is about the proportion of Delaware and Rhode Island, has several times been able to oppose an entire bar to its operations. This is one of those refinements which, in practice, has an effect the reverse of what is expected from it in theory. The necessity of unanimity in public bodies, or of something approaching towards it, has been founded upon a supposition that it would contribute to security."

November 22, 2012 at 12:28PM via Facebook

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