The "Nuclear Option"

I don't know how many of you are following this whole thing about filibusters. Daniel Harper (Another Unitarian Universalist Blog) has an entry on it today, quoting our fearless leader, Bill Sinkford, on the whole issue. (That last link, by the way, is not only Sinkford's quotes about the issue, but a whole host of very helpful links.)

I'm torn about this. I mean, I'm not torn about the filibuster, I think that it's an important preservation of minority rights, and I'm not happy about the prospect of a raft of new far-right judges. I'm torn about what this is all about. On one hand, it's clearly an effort to get extreme judges into place. I do think that Bill Frist is mostly being an opportunist, given that he's running for president. The pandering of some politicians to the religious right seems more opportunistic than genuine to me, but that's just my opinion.

I think, when it comes down to it, it's a lot more about power than it is about faith, or God. I think that the politicians who are in place thinking about using the "nuclear option" (where the hell did that moniker come from???) are thinking a lot more about finding ways of preserving their own power, as long as they can, then they are about those "people of faith" they are so glad to go on and on about, and co-opt.

And, of course, it continues to bug me that they are trying their best to portray those of us that are not fundamentalist Christian, and disagree with their agenda as against "people of faith". See the book by Bruce Bawer, called "Stealing Jesus" - it's a really good one.

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