Senate Democrats said Wednesday, after a strategy meeting, that most members seem to be opposed to Samuel Alito's confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice but that a filibuster was "unlikely."
This is, in my humble opinion, shameful. How can anything other than a filibuster be considered, given the blatant anti-privacy, pro-corporate, pro-expansion-of-presidential-power-with-no-accountability, anti-abortion, anti-little guy, judicial record of this nominee?
Unfortunately, the Dems are still the guttless wonders and facilitators of Bush World.
Any senator who does not fight the Alito confirmation with EVERY TOOL AT HIS DISPOSAL does not deserve to be re-elected. I don't care what else he has done in his Senatorial career, good or bad.
If Alito is confirmed, any challenge to this administration's illegal activities will most probably never occur--which, of course, is why the administration nominated him.
Once Alito is in, they know they are assured of no accountability for their illegal actions. The balance of power will have been irreparably upset. They will have won. And we, the people, will have lost literally everything--our democratic system of government included.
If the Democrats either can't see that, or, worse, see it and won't do everything in their power to fight Alito's confirmation--they are nothing less than facilitating the demise of our system of government--the death of our democracy--and hopefully, the death of the current Democratic party as well, since it will have been rendered completely ineffectual. They will be condoning, by their lack of action, this administration's illegal power grab--at the expense of every citizen. This is unacceptable.
We demand a filibuster. We will accept nothing less.The time has come again and again for the Democrats to fight for what is right. Time and again they have failed to do so. By doing nothing they are negating their own power and OUR power -- for at least the next 40 years.
Are we willing to stand by and allow that to happen? I, for one, am not. It's Strike-3-You're-Out-Time.
I have written and called my Senators and told them as much. I strongly urge you to do the same.
Since the main concern of most congressmen and women seems to be whether or not they will be re-elected, be sure to tell them, loudly and clearly, that you will NOT vote for them if they do not demand a filibuster.