An alternative to popular faith

The Republican minority repeatedly has used the threat of filibuster to obtain concessions or even to block majority decisions. I wonder why this threat is so powerful. Isn’t there a danger that voters will become sick and tired of a stalemated Congress, and blame the Republicans for repeatedly being “the party of ‘no'”?

Now we come to the Elena Kagan circus, excuse me, hearing, and once again the threat of filibuster sits like an elephant in the room. Yes, ask her questions to see if she is qualified (though it’s doubtful T.V sound bites will prove anything.) And yes, if you really believe someone’s attitudes about guns and abortion should be the sole considerations for Supreme Court Justice, vote accordingly. But, must every vote on everything be accompanied by the same “I’ll take my ball and go home” threat?

If the child learns it can get its way by stamping, screaming and holding its breath, who’s to blame — the weakling parent or the kid? Why not just let the brat stamp, scream and hold its breath until it gets tired? As I said, what’s so fearsome about a filibuster?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity