Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) suggested that the Senate abolish the filibuster in recent interview with Air America Radio.
“It is time to shut it down,” Frank said. “God didn’t create the filibuster, it’s part of the Senate rules.”
He continued: “We have a serious constitutional problem. There has been a de facto amendment of the U.S. Constitution in an anti-small-D democratic direction.”
“It is outrageous,” Frank said. “It tends to be, in many cases, the senators from those smaller states that aggregate to get up to be the 40.” Less populous states, he argued, end up with a disproportionate amount of power.
Of course Fwank would think that. Obviously anytime government is doing something, it must be for the good of the country! (LOL)
The reason why we have the filibuster is to prevent legislation that infringes on the civil rights of the minority from getting through congress. In case Fwank missed the memo, we don’t live in a democracy with majority rule. We live in a constitutional democratic republic, where the functions of federal government are supposed to be highly constrained.
The founding fathers should have set up the legislator so that ALL representatives must agree on a law before it can pass muster. Any time a law passes where a single citizen is harmed by it, they have trampled on the natural rights of that citizen.
Consider this quote from Jefferson:
“What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.”
–Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:455, Papers 15:393
Jefferson was big on equal protection. He saw that when government favors individuals (and corporations) someone else’s rights are being trampled somewhere in that equation.
Fwank’s call for the removal of the filibuster is nothing more than arrogance. His belief that the majority knows what’s best for you, even if what’s best for you is total government enslavement.