When he gave the party's weekly radio address, erstwhile New York Governor Mario Cuomo became the chief bloviator for the Democrat party, temporarily taking the place of Ted Kennedy.
If Republicans rewrite Senate rules to more easily end filibusters, the country will experience "exactly the kind of 'tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind," former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Saturday.
If you only get your news from the partisan media, which, by the way, used to be called the mainstream media, before it ceased to be mainstream, then here's what else you need to know.
Never before, in the history of the United States Senate, has the filibuster been used to delay a floor vote on nominees to the federal bench, nominees who, otherwise, would be confirmed. Now, there is only one political party whose members have resorted to this unconstitutional measure. That party is the Democrat party. The Democrats are in the minority in the Senate (the House, too), thus making such a maneuver a "tyranny of the minority."
Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies."
The previous statement is really very interesting, because, for decades, the Democrats were the ones who claimed "ownership" of the courts. Why? Because, only through judicial activism could the Democrats force their radical agenda on the public. Democrats knew that they could never get their extreme, socialist ideas through state legislatures or the Congress. Cuomo, therefore, knows whereof he speaks, because it has been his own party that has been guilty of the "crimes" that he is disingenuously accusing the Republican party of committing and of wanting to commit.
The rant continues:
"How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a vital part of the 200-year-old system of checks and balances in the Senate," Cuomo said.
The Republicans have no intention of "destroying" the filibuster, Cuomo knows it, and, therefore, he is lying. The constitution mentions seven specific instances where the filibuster is allowed. Blocking a floor vote on nominees to the federal bench is not one of them. Cuomo knows this. The filibuster has never been used in such a way. Cuomo knows this, too.
It is enlightening to note that Cuomo doesn't speak of a filibuster, only of a "so-called" filibuster. It is only the threat of a filibuster that has paralyzed the Republicans. If they had a collective spine, they would call the Democrats' bluff and force them to actually filibuster. Then we would truly see how long the American public would put up with Democrats bringing "the business of the people" to a screeching halt.The anonymous Associated Press author of the piece builds upon Cuomo's deception:
Democrats blocked 10 of President Bush's appellate court choices during his last term by filibustering. Bush re-nominated seven of them this term, and Democrats are threatening to block them again. They contend those seven are two (sic) sharply conservative to fill the lifetime appointments.
Deception number one: When the Democrats blocked judicial nominations during Bush's first term, they did not filibuster. They merely threatened to filibuster. Deception number two: The seven that Bush re-nominated are not "sharply conservative." They are "originalists," that is, they are judges who believe in the "original" sense of the Constitution, not in the sense that extreme, Socialist, liberals (i. e., the left-leaning individuals who run the Democrat party) have "given" it.