In voting to change the filibuster rules for judicial and executive nominees, the Democrat-controlled Senate has not just ended two and a half centuries of tradition to shortsightedly appease its perpetually petulant constituency, it has fundamentally altered the dynamics of power in Washington, D.C.
In the liberals’ rush for revenge against Ted Cruz and the Tea Party devils of their fevered imaginations, the Democrats are only seeing the opportunity to secure their own power while angering conservatives.
With the change to a simple majority vote for ending filibusters on presidential nominations, the Democrats have created a window during which any of President Obama’s nominees for any post will receive an automatic approval, as the Democrats seldom break lockstep on any issue. (Interestingly, three Democrats did have enough integrity or foresight to vote against the change in the filibuster.)
This gives the 2014 elections a special urgency for the Democratic Party, which can guarantee its absolute power if it can regain a majority in the House.
These Machiavellian dreams are what are driving liberals at this moment in history. Total authoritarian control is so close they can taste it.
But there is the possibility that the Democrats, whose support is rapidly dwindling thanks to Obamacare, could wind up losing the Senate in those same elections.
If that happens, count on hearing a cry in the halls of power and media for a return to the old rules that require a two-thirds vote to stop a filibuster on nominees.
No single party should have uncontested power. In a perfect world, the parties would work together for the common good of the country.
In the real world, the Democratic Party is working toward a society in which the select few rule over a nation of collective misery, and in which the state is God. In that same real world, the Republican Party is run by people who are OK with that vision, but with themselves in charge.
Trapped somewhere in the middle of this horror show are the genuine conservatives and libertarians who want the government to go back to its original, minimalist purpose of protecting Americans’ rights.
The bid to change the filibuster rules, while it may seem in some ways to be a minor issue, will have a far-reaching impact. It is a move by radicals, designed to support radicalism, that paves the way for future radicals to impose their wills on the country.
Reasonable minds are glad when they have representatives who aren’t afraid to stand up and challenge power. Until reasonable people compose the majority in the Senate, though, the old filibuster rules should stand, for the sake of the country.