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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:37 PM

7. There is nothing in the constitution or even the Senate rules about a filibuster.

Its not about 'curbing the minority' but about using standard parlimentary rules to bring and end to a debate so
a vote can be taken.

For over a hundred years it wasn't necessary to even have a cloture vote because mutual respect allowed people
to have an opportunity to speak without actually stoping the vote from being taken.

The Senate is not a democratic body at all.

It already requires a huge super majority to pass a legislation. The 20 smallest states have a combined population smaller than that of California. Those citizens have a 20:1 advantage in the Senate.

That is the constitutional protection for smaller states. Filibuster only exaggerates that by requiring a supermajority in a body that already requires a supermajority.

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