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3/5’s compromise
|| 5/24/2005 || 9:30 am || Comments Off on 3/5’s compromise || ||

So Congress didn’t go nuclear, but was it really a compromise? In my opinion, it showed me that the democrats are 3/5’s republican. This deal, or so-called deal, is really a crock of shit. It’s 3/5’s of a compromise, and I think it shows that we are still slaves to a corrupt two party system.

“In a Senate that is increasingly polarised, the bipartisan centre held”, said Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat.

Increasingly polarized? Well when the American electorate is given two options, there is a reinforcement of the bipolar paradigm. Even a cocktail of Welbutrin, Prozac, and Paxil will not fix this electoral depression that has become the normal way of life in American politics, and it’s sad. Fear that a vote for a third party is a vote for the majority party; a fear so unfounded that it must be reinforced in the debates and in the media, a fear that has become of a nightmare of democracy. At least I can say that I’ve become a part of the solution.

So….

The judicial nominees who will get votes:

•Priscilla Owen, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, nominated by Bush for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A Sunday school teacher who graduated at the top of her law school class, Owen had been repeatedly blocked by Democrats who labeled her an ultraconservative activist and faulted her rulings.

•William H. Pryor Jr., nominated for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor is a former Alabama attorney general whose comments and writings on abortion and homosexuality have irked Democrats.

•Janice Rogers Brown, nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is California Supreme Court judge who had been blocked by Democrats for nearly three years for what they say is her conservative activism.

Source: The Associated Press.

The text above from USA Today sounds a lot like Bush is trying to install “activist judges,” weird huh?

Regardless, 3/5’s of bullshit is still bullshit.

If congress would have gone nuclear we might have seen Congress actually work for their inflated salaries. We would have been able to watch on C-Span longwinded, albeit boring, sermons about how absolute power corrupts absolutely. And I think in the end, we would have seen the nuclear option blow up in the faces of the republicans. Bush is at his all time lowest approval rating, and the American population already thinks that the Republicans have stepped too far on quite a few issues (like Teri Shiavo and even this issue!), and in the end it would have shown that they are really power-hungry zealots. But of course a shitty deal was hammered out and congress wiped it’s ass of the matter…..for now. I can’t wait to see what activist Supreme Court nominee Rove selects…

I think this animation I made last summer says it all…



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