Thursday, March 24, 2005

Tell Gordon Smith about the "nuclear option"

The Following is the letter/email I sent to Gordon Smith, our republican senator, telling him how I feel about The "nuclear option." I think if you care about anything that happens in this country, you should email your senator as well. Copy mine if you want, it is easy!
If you are in Oregon, please tell Gordon Smith how you feel!
    The "Nuclear Option"

    First of all, I am concerned with the state of the senate, and as your constituent you represent me. I can only hope, and urge you not to be in favor of the “nuclear option.”

    Since this is all happening over the judicial nominees I think it is important to realize that with 55 republicans and 44 democrats in the senate, all a judicial nominee would need are 5 extra democrat votes (I am sure you already know that).

    I think that if a judicial nominee can get some sort of bipartisan support they deserve to be nominated. If the “nuclear option” goes into play then there would be no point for the democratic senators to show up to work. They would have no say in what goes on, and I do not think that is how our government should work.

    Furthermore, the Republican Party will not always be the majority in the senate (although the represent the minority of the people: 44 Democratic senators represent 148,026,027 people; the 55 Republican senators 144,765,157). Whoever is in the majority will have control over the senate. Be it Republican or Democrat. This is a very short sighted view into the future.

    I am just saying NO to the “nuclear option” and as your constituent I URGE you to do so as well!

    Concerned,
    Eric Carlson

What are you waiting for, tell Gordon Smith what you think!

4 comments:

: JustaDog said...

If the “nuclear option” goes into play then there would be no point for the democratic senators to show up to work. They would have no say in what goes on, and I do not think that is how our government should work.

The so-called nuclear option is part of how our government works, perfectly legal. Also, the judges you fear are also supported by some democrats as well as not supported by some republicans.

I wouldn't listen to too much left wing propaganda or you'll get ulcers!

Jennifer and Eric said...

You say that it is how our government works; this is great while the republicans are in control. But they are not always going to be the majority in the senate. When the Democrats are in the majority, they will have total control over the senate as well. I do not think this is a good idea, no matter how perfectly legal this is. It would take away the checks and balances that are in our system.

Furthermore, I did not say anything about fearing any judicial nominees. I merely said, that if a judge was to be nominated they should receive bipartisan support.

Next time you leave a comment, you should read the whole thing.

A. Morelli said...

The "nuclear option" that is being proposed by the Republican Congress is completely unconstitutional on the premise that it takes away any bargaining power for the minority. This is exactly why the Founders created the fillibuster.

Bob said...

Democrats have confirmed something like 204 of Bush's nominees. They've only filibustered 10 or so. That means 95% of Bush's nominees went through. The democrats aren't blocking a huge majority, so I don't understand why Republican's would resort so such radical tactics for 5% of those who got blocked. It seems like the proccess is doing it's job, as is.

Some of those numbers above could be wrong...I haven't looked at anything about this in a while.