Rodger yI'm sure you remember what Plato said, "Only the dead know the end of war." There is too much greed in the world to stop war. For a serious Christian, there is never a good reason for war.
Worst of the worst?
Are those guys worthy citizens? Of course not. But...
Who do you think supplies the drugs these fellows sell, the drugs that enflame the territorial fight, the drugs that extinguish hope? The worst of the worst are the ones who feed the violence with crack, meth, etc.
Except for the seldom printed photo of folks like ex-sherrif Long we seldom see the worst of the worst.
Or, we seldom hear about the ex-Mayor and his minions who were behind or condoned dragging his opponent through the mud with false accusations about her religious heritage? Or, we seldom hear racist opinions expressed publicly that are held privately like those of SPQR, above, who appears to long for the Imperial Roman days, or the amazing day-after-day diatribe of folks infected with a rabid fear and/or hatred of an African American president in these electronic pages?
The TF Fox article begs the real question, what defines the "worst?"
Facts, The truth shall set you free.
Robin appears to think the rule for the US is for Israel to say "jump" and we are to only say, "How high?"
Israel's politics are not America's politics.
What public office is she positioning herself as a candidate. It is a shame the TFP gives her free publicity, they should rename it "Times Free Fox."
PT read your history book, you have it all wrong. The filibuster was a mistake fostered by A. Burr. The mechanism for stability "engineered" by the constitution was to elect senators by state legislatures and to establish a longer period of service to insulate them from the tempest of instantaneous whimsey of public opinion.
We are better off without the filibuster.
Unfortunately being elected by state legislatures was a fiasco and finding honest elected officials willing to vote reason over love of re-election (public opinion) has been a lost cause. Most, not all, honorable people have declined to run again for service leaving us with folks like the senator from Canada.
PT I'm sure there were a liberal or two who were fighting segregation, as well as some conservatives, but it was not a liberal/conservative struggle, it was a struggle by people interested in freedom and justice for all. Everyone deserves a mark by their name that did not make it happen sooner.
Your confusing identification of anti-segretationists as liberals probably reveals your youthful lack of memory of the past (or sleeping in American History class) and your bias. The logical conclusion of your statement must be "conservatives were for segregation" if liberals were for integration. In the South it turned into "republicans are for segregation" as the democrats slowly lost sway in the south after the Civil Rights Act was passed. LBJ actually said it would destroy the democratic party in the south, so don't forget your segregationist heritage. The GOP owes its Southern support to passage of the Civil Rights Act and the persistent racism in the South.
The whole republican "state's rights" argument was/is nothing but a subterfuge for supporting slavery and segregation, and other nefarious legislation that violate the constitution. I note the same state's rights argument persists today and behind it is the same inherent racism cloaked in cute little arguments.
The undoing of the republic, if it comes to that, will not be the loss of the filibuster, it will be the disruptive antics of the senator from Canada and his minions.
JT6gR3hM's comments support that view. He may be right about the Senate going red, who knows, but he also overlooks a fine detail called the Presidential veto. It takes a ⅔ vote to override the veto. So good luck with ACA. :-)
The bottom line is the filibuster defeats majority rule. It has been used primarily for political purposes to force a minority view on the majority. As yddem says, the best example is its use to thwart legislation outlawing segregation.
In every time and place, only the character of the elected representatives can guarantee fairness and justice. The filibuster needs to go. Every one can speak to a motion and then vote on it.
PT, I'm surprised you aren't talking about losing the filibuster yesterday.
Read the article on high school sports in last month's Atlantic Magazine.
The positive aspect of the story is the motivation of the young woman to achieve a confident self-identity, but the back story of this movie series is hardly positive - a teenaged girl in a story centered around killing?
The Lord of the Flies carried a not so comfortable indictment of human violence, let's hope Kacie gets that message.
None of you turkeys addressed the points I made against Robin's temper tantrum.