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Our country has basically stagnated for the last four years under two of the most unproductive Congresses in the nation’s history. Why does it seem that so little is getting done in Congress? Why does it seem that so few of the bills that get introduced in Congress actually make it to becoming law?
In this episode we examine the role the filibuster has played in bringing regular business in Congress to a halt. We discuss the filibuster’s role in the larger Republican strategy of obstructionism and examine why Republicans came to use it as a governing strategy. We also discuss the dangers that may lie in using it as a governing strategy for the country going forward.
Set Rand Paul started speaking at 1:18 pm today...he is STILL GOING!
What is a fillibuster... why is he doing this? what do you think about it?
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One of the oldest and most storied traditions of the Senate made a sudden return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday when a junior senator seized control of the chamber with an hours-long filibuster involving rambling speeches aimed at blocking a vote on President Obama’s choice to lead the CIA. Led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with help from other junior senators, the filibuster stretched nearly 13 hours — with the Senate adjourning at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday — and was aimed at drawing attention to deep concern on both sides of the aisle about the administration’s use of unmanned aerial drones in its fight against terrorists and whether the government would ever use them in the United States.
Part 1 - digby asks Marcy Wheeler about her investigations into the NSA: including denial of domestic spying, Snowden, political ramifications of the revelations and how all this relates to journalism.
Part 2 - Filibuster. What happens now that an up or down vote is a reality.
Plus commentary from political satirist Culture of Truth
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Tonight on the show: Sen. Rand Paul tries to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to the head of the CIA. During Paul's time, he brought up many great points that I want to talk about tonight. Why has Brennan refused to answer the most important questions? Why has the President refused to answer simple questions like how many Americans have been killed and who is on the so-called "kill list".
Tonight we discuss the points brought up by Sen. Paul during his filibuster and if his actions were just a lost cause or if he was doing something good even if no one else would join in his cause. We will also discuss the President ending tours of the White House until further notice, blaming sequestration.
All of this and more tonight on Conservative T & T!
The Senate led by the ‘severely conservative’ McCONnell Republitards fast-tracked trade promotion authority, which is a fancy way of saying legislative power to the Imperial Puppet trumping The Constitution. McConnell pushed for Patriot Act Extension, especially section 215–NSA bulk data collection or domestic spying over and against Rand’s filibuster and objections after Mike Lee failed to secure 60 votes for the USA Freedom Act phony reform. Then they recessed for Memorial Day Week to pretend to remember the war dead; Americans who served gallantly in banker’s wars and died to secure global dominance for transnational oligarchs under the guise of defending your freedom. Freedom is slavery, war is peace, ignorance is strength.
The Constitutional Republic has been usurped by the tyranny of soft despotism with a veneer of democracy, elections and the distraction of bread and circuses. It shall persist UNLESS liberty-loving people band together to restore Constitutional governance from your own community on up to the District of Corruption. Restore The Constitutional Militia of the Several States, sound money, free economies, religious and civil liberties as well as a sensible foreign policy of trade, friendship and non-interventionist defense backed up by the most powerful Navy and Marines; or watch the fascists in both parties push transnational agendas to their benefit and our demise. This is the last chance to stop those who perpetuate a hegemonic empire abroad and a fascist police state at home. To defeat the lawless hordes of Cultural Marxists, fascists, oligarchs, kleptocrats, useful idiots and their fellow travelers especially the Democrat-socialists, first you MUST CRUSH the Neocon fascist-socialists on ‘the right’. . .for liberty!
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