No sympathy for Republicans
On Thursday the U.S. Senate returned to democracy by changing a senate rule that lowered the number of votes necessary to approve a presidential appointee to the federal courts and administration offices to a simple majority of 51.
In the past, appointees were blocked from a vote if the president couldn’t gather at least 60 senators’ votes to just let there be a vote. This rule had not been a problem before the election of Barack Obama as president. Mainly, Republication have used the filibuster 600 times in the last five and-a-half years to block appointments and bills that would have passed the Senate if given a vote.
I have no sympathy for the Republicans; they overreacted their political authority and got what they deserve. There are hundreds of federal judgeships that need to be filled and now will be.
Republican senators are now saying that the President hasn’t appointed anyone to many judgeship and this is true. But the main reason he hasn’t made more appoints is because he knew his appointments would never get a vote in the Senate.
There is nothing in the Constitution that addresses senate rules. The senate has always been free to establish its own rules, but I believe the framers of the Constitution never intended any senate rule to defeat the will of the majority.
This new rule does not apply to bills and Supreme Court appointments. So it will not change the laws of the land, it will only effect the implementation of laws passed by both Houses of Congress and signed by the president.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford
Tears in the streets
Here is are portions of a letter I wrote Nov. 11, 2008:
“There were tears of joy throughout the country when Senator Obama was elected president. … If President Obama keeps all of his campaign promises, there will be crying in the streets again, but I fear they will be tears of anguish accompanied with cursing.