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Senate filibuster rule

The Republican majority in Congress is currently attempting to use what Vice President Dick Cheney calls the “nuclear option” of voting out the right to filibuster. The purpose of the filibuster has always been to prevent one party from taking absolute power in the Senate as part of the Constitutional principle of checks and balances.

The purpose at this time is to approve the president’s choices for federal judges, particularly Supreme Court seats likely to be vacated in the next few years. This is despite the fact that 95 percent of Bush’s nominees have been approved.

The Republican Party has been taken over by extremists who want to dismantle Social Security, environmental laws, and all other nondefense programs in favor of their corporate contributors who have given them millions, and yet are willing to interfere in the personal lives of citizens.

My Republican grandparents are turning in their graves over what the party has become. They would certainly oppose any one party having absolute control of the legislative branch. If the Supreme Court is packed with ultraconservatives for decades, then two of the three branches of our government would be in the control of one party. Think about that!

Reed Hamilton

Grass Valley

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