on the Government

“Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit.” — Judge Janice Rogers Brown

One of the things I can do now that I have nothing to do is I can watch the Senate debates on judicial nominations. CSPAN2 is streamed over the net for free and happens to be the only form of television to which I have ready access. So, instead of running off to see Return of the Sith 4 times in a row, I’m sitting at home watching CSPAN2. Such is life in Salem, Oregon. Anyway, during the debates, Democrats like to throw this quote up by Judge Brown as an example of her shockingly out-of-the-mainstream mentality. I dunno, I kinda like it. It may be a little overstated, but I’d agree with the general idea behind it.

5 thoughts on “on the Government

  1. Sorry Steve, but I’m going to put you on point and challenge your party line. What do you think of the Republicans’ “Nuclear Option”?

    To me it seems to be an entirely short sighted idea because as soon as the Dems take back over – which WILL happen someday – they will use it against them. That is, obviously, the easiest argument against it but there are others.

    I have a feeling you have been avoiding blogging about this so now I’ve got’cha!

  2. Chris, I haven’t avoided it. I wrote a rather long post about it here. 🙂 The short of it is this: I used to be against it, but now I’m for it. But I’m for it not because of the short-term goals of putting conservative judges on the bench but because the filibuster as a whole needs reform and needs to be limited. My hope is this current situation will jump start that reform. The filibuster is often cast in a positive light, but after my research on it I was rather shocked to see extremely few examples of a filibuster actually doing something good. Besides it is almost always used for political purposes rather than as a matter of principle.

    The filibuster is created by the Senate’s own rules. They can and do change their rules (as I discuss briefly in the post I linked to). I have no qualms if they change it now, and I most likely won’t have any qualms if they change it later.

  3. What’s absolutely absurd is 95% of the W’s nominees have been approved by the Senate. I still don’t understand why the Republicans are kicking their feet and screaming over 7-10 people when they kept over 60 of Clinton’s nominees from even leaving committee, much less getting voted on. Do they have nothing better to do?

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