Monday, January 30, 2006

Why we do all we can

Senators Obama and Biden have criticised the use of the filibuster as a tactic for blocking the nomination of right wing nutcase Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court.

According to Obama:
We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake

Yep. So tell the American people what Alito stands for, what a danger he poses, and do everything you can to block him, then.

There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers...There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win elections.

Aside from the fact that the evidence suggests that the Democrats did win the 2000 election, and that the voting irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere made the 2004 election result highly questionable, throwing up your hands in despair and not using every weapon within your grasp to protect civil liberties and women's lives is not going to help. Does anyone else hear 'We didn't win [sic] so we won't try' in Obama's wailing? You're a Democrat, it's your job to protect those who voted you in from these attacks; it is your duty and if you are not prepared to do it then resign.

Cue Senator Biden:
I think a filibuster make sense when you have a prospect of actually succeeding.

No. A filibuster makes sense when you see that the potential consequences of not acting are hideous. A filibuster makes sense when you want to be able to stand up to the scrutiny of the vulnerable, and the scrutiny of your own conscience when they ask you 'Did you do everything you could?' A filibuster makes sense when a very dangerous man is about to be given life-long powers which will threaten the wellbeing and freedom of your fellow human beings. If a filibuster is all you have then use it. It may be against the odds. It may well not succeed. But we don't only fight when we know we're going to win; we fight because it's the right thing to do.

To those Democrats who oppose the filibuster: if Alito gets in, and you did nothing to stop it, you bear responsibility. If Roe is overturned, the blood of women who die from illegal abortions is on your hands, because you did not act. If a woman does not have the right to her own body, then she has nothing; if you fail to act to preserve those rights for her, you are to blame.

Support the filibuster.

Update: 31/01/06
Senators Obama and Biden did in the end vote to support the filibuster. Good for them. However, they were in the minority and now Alito's confirmation looks certain. Jen has a list of who voted for what so you can see which senators do not value civil rights and women's right to physical integrity.


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