Harry Reid is currently working to alter Senate
procedure so that sixty votes will no longer be needed to end debate on
presidential nominations. This new operating rule would get rid of the filibuster and allow for a simple majority to approve of presidential nominees.
Harry Reid is trying to kill an essential part of the filibuster.
Abolishing this part of the filibuster will result in less debate and consideration over presidential nominees that make decisions that affect the entire country.
The Constitution made America into a republic; not a
direct democracy. The Senate is to act, as James Madison put it, as a “necessary
fence” against the “fickleness and passion” of the public and the House of
Representatives. The filibuster is a necessary defense of the minority against
an enthused majority.
Biden was correct when he said “the
Senate is not meant to be a place of pure majoritarianism” in 2005. Sen.
Reid’s plan to rid the Senate of the filibuster is nothing but a power grab.
Send a message to Harry Reid now and tell him to stop trying to kill the filibuster and protect minority rights!
Stop Trying to Abolish the Filibuster!
Dear [Decision Maker],
According to various news reports, it appears that you are trying to alter Senate rules to get rid of the filibuster so that a simple majority will be all that is needed to approve of presidential nominees.This is a mistake.The purpose of the filibuster is to protect the rights and voice of the minority against the majority. As Senate Majority Leader you should know that America is a republic- not a direct democracy. Our founding fathers designed the Senate to act as barrier against the excitable whims of the masses. Thoughtful and substantial debate is supposed to occur in the upper chamber of Congress. Senators are not supposed to act as rubber stamps for the President's agenda.I urge you to rethink your plan to abolish to the filibuster. If Republicans were in power, I can't help but think you would be acting differently.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]