Republicans Kicking Some Serious GOP Butt

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The nuclear option to deprive Democrats of the longstanding filibuster in the Senate which was designed to balance power in Congress is having an imploding effect on the GOP. When conceived, it was thought GOP solidarity would make unbalancing power in Congress for the benefit of Republican extremists a slam-dunk. Little did the dreamers realize that the GOP has patriotic American members who actually believe, and will stand up for, our American government and balance of power of a multi-party system.

This issue has brought out the extremists and sensible Republicans to take positions opposite each other on the filibuster. On one extreme was Pat Robertson's nationally televised assertion that our current "out-of-control" judiciary is a greater threat than were the Nazis, terrorism or the Civil War. On the other reasonable side were those like Cal Thomas who writes, "There is only one reason to have power, and that is to use it. If Republicans don't use it [to kill the filibuster], they deserve to lose it."

According to Ralph G. Neas, President of People for the American Way, Sen. Murkowski (R-AK)

has voiced frustration with the pressure applied by James Dobson's Focus on the Family. And the very conservative Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), while criticizing the "nuclear option" on CNN, said, "we have to be very careful here, we as a country - when we talk religion and government. Neither should become an instrument of the other. And I see drifting here, in different directions that are - I don't think - healthy for our country."

This issue is truly highlighting the burden of power for any political party which holds a majority in Congress. Issues such as these in which a party's extremists attempt to squelch opposition with process changes that will come back to haunt the Party one day when they are no longer the majority party, drive wedges into the heart of Party unity and weaken a party's future hold on power. This is so because the voting public witnesses the spectacle of brazen greed for power without thought or respect for the good of our American system coming from within the ranks of the majority party. The GOP is learning it is no more immune to such divisions than the Democrats were.

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on May 9, 2005 6:17 PM.

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