As Senator Specter is set to make good on his promise to move President Bush's judicial nominees out of Committee and onto the floor for a confirmation vote, he acknowledges that the Democrats, even in the aftermath of popular rejection, clearly intend to return to the racket of filibuster in order to block those nominees from coming before the full Senate for approval (or rejection). Republicans are seriously considering the 'nuclear option' in response to further obstinance. By resorting to the extreme solution of actually changing Senate rules, Republican Senators hope to overcome the procedural tyranny of a political minority. But, this option proves to escalate division and conflict in the Legislative Branch, as Specter acknowledged and The New York Times reiterated:
"The Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has said that if the Republicans made good on their threat and ruled filibusters out of order, he would see to it that Senate business came to a halt."Hugh Hewitt has a very comprehensive analysis of the situation at his site. It is likely what brought readers here in the first place. But for others, I strongly encourage review. In the course of the discussion Hugh acknowledges the Minority Leader's intent to go "Gingrich," similar to Newt Gingrich shutting down The House over a budgetary stalemate with Democrats. The challenge for Senate Republicans, as Hugh acknowledges, is how do they react in the face of such threats: "Does the Senate GOP go McClellan or Grant?" Do they back off in cautious retreat from threat, or do they press forward agressively in face of a strong resistance from a full Left onslaught on both political and popular fronts?
Clearly, the options at hand are far from ideal. The responsibilities of statesmanship would tend toward the traditional rules of discourse and debate; confirmation or rejection. Sometimes you get the bear... sometimes the bear gets you, as it were. It is the nature of the game. But no longer in the favor of the bear, the Democrats have resorted to the guerilla tactics of a fringe minority determined to press their will and their agenda in defiance of the principles of Constitutional Democracy. The President is elected by the nation. The President selects judicial nominees per vacancy. The Senate acts in accordance with advise and consent authority, and votes on confirmation. Filtering candidates based on their religious or philosophical principles is well beyond the mandate of Committee members and far exceeds the minority authority. The impasse has been tolerated long enough.
Democrat Senators, personified by Schumer's own words, seek to disqualify from the federal bench, any candidate with "deeply held beliefs." Only in accordance with the warped sensibilities of the Left, would an argument against ideological foundations be worthy of consideration when debating the qualification of individuals. It is an anathema to American tradition in any situation (See Article VI, Section III), and is especially ludicrous when qualifying the competency of those asked to rule on the fundamental manifest of Constitutional authority intersecting the nature of Man. On what basis does one make such decisions of interpretation and intent if not according to the fundamentals of philosophy? - be they religious, secular, scientific, or otherwise ideological . The prerequisite should be a conviction held in favor of something... rather than the rejection of everything. True objectivity begins with acknowledgement of truth.
In the contemporary era, the Left has discarded truth in favor dogmatic consensus. Principles are established on the basis of pragmatic convenience and political advantage. Concepts are rendered by situational imperatives, contradictions are ignored, and precepts never existed. The Left has established its own religion - a doctrine of moral relativism. The Democrat party has embraced a position that is so far Left that anyone that does not adhere religiously to their agendas, is unworthy of consideration bordering on criminality in their eyes if not yet their words (Ward Churchill's rhetoric, notwithstanding). Is it any wonder that a candidate right of center would render the label of 'ideological extremist' from those shamans of secular humanism like Ralph Neas, Erwin Chemerinsky or Noam Chomsky who themselves reside on the plutonian fringe of Western sensibility. Schumer, Leahy, Kennedy, Boxer, Clinton and Reid aspire to a similar orbit, hoping the Nation will continue in its naive tolerance of bad ideas to accept their version of progressive relativism imposed and maintained by judicial tyranny.
Reid wants to exercise his own nuclear option by bringing the Senate to a halt if Republicans neutralize his racket. He must be confident in the Democrat's ability to win a propaganda campaign waged among the popular perception. Indeed, Democrats still maintain the arsenal of MSM daggers, Hollywood brothels, University towers, Union thugs, and NeoRadical rage. But, they unleashed all of that before and were vanquished. What drives them now if not fear? The vale of determination conceals a visage of desperation on the face of the Democrat leadership and their Leftist zealots. They sit besieged together in their river fortress eating sawdust sandwiches and rat fillet on the verge of unconditional subduction while their expeditionary forces linger on the frontier of chaos primed for debased aggression. It is time to finish this struggle - eliminate the radicals (from the political field) and finally rebuild friend from foe on the ground of common principle of a Nation of Men devoted to objective truth over pragmatic dogma.
The fundamental definitions of the relationship between Men and their government is at stake for the future of this free Republic... right here and now. What's Right commands the field for the moment, but history is repleat with moments of change and tragic reversals. Popular achievements and legislative victories are rendered irrelevent by judicial milestones of precedent. Democrats know what is at stake, and mean to hold their last piece of ground along the Left edge of their flat Earth. By all means, do let's grant the Left the fight they have been picking and finish this struggle with irrational lunacy once and for all.
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
(Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act iii, Scene i)
In other words.. Bring It On!
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