Soon the U.S. Senate is likely to vote whether or not to destroy more than 200 years of checks and balances.
Our founding fathers created a system to protect the rights and voices of all Americans. If Senator Frist, the leader of the senate majority Republicans, and their conservative supporters have their way, they will vote on and pass a rule that will allow them complete, 100 percent control over who becomes a federal judge in America. No dissenting opinion will be allowed.
It's called the "nuclear option." It's something that all Americans that call themselves patriots, and all Paysonites who love America should pray doesn't happen.
Our founding fathers were smart. They knew that federal judges were appointed for life and it was important that they be supported by a consensus, to avoid those who were too far to the left or too far to the right of the public good. That's the thinking that those who are arrogant and power-hungry now want to overturn.
This is dangerous stuff because it will allow the Senate to become no more than a "rubber stamp" for everything that Bush wants. They want to silence Senate Democrats -- the one remaining check on President Bush's power. If they can do away with debate in the Senate, they can get whatever they want:
- Right-wing Supreme Court Justices who favor business interests over those of you and me.
- Social Security privatization.
- Tax breaks for the wealthy that will plunge us deeper in debt.
Even though the U.S. Senate approved more than 200 Bush federal judge appointees, and only 10 of the most unqualified candidates were rejected, the ruling party is so arrogant with power that they won't settle for less than complete domination.
This is about more than a few unqualified judges. This is about protecting the rights of disabled Americans to work, the rights of minorities to vote, the rights of every American to have clean air, safe drinking water and be heard in Washington.
Senator McCain opposes this "nuclear option." If you, too, support the rules that our founding fathers initiated more than 200 years ago, which have served all of us so well, take the time to write or call Senator Kyl. Urge him to respect the rights of all Americans and, when it comes time to make his voice heard, to vote to reject the nuclear option.
Larry Brophy, Payson