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Friday, March 4th, 2005

   We have seen in the last few years our Freedom of Speech put in jeopardy. Lately the Senate is trying to curtail such rights in what is known as the “Nuclear Option.” This would obstruct debate and silence the minority voice.

    Senator Byrd’s remarks below warns the Senate of the danger to the American people. He quotes Senator William Ezra Jenner, who stated his convictions in 1957.

So long as there is free debate, men of courage and understanding will rise to defend against potential dictators. . .The Senate today is one place where, no matter what else may exist, there is still a chance to be heard, an opportunity to speak, the duty to examine, and the obligation to protect.   It is one of the few refuges of democracy.   Minorities have an illustrious past, full of suffering, torture, smear, and even death.

   The Senator stated how this effort to silence the debate is in fact an effort to silence the voice of the American People.

Free and open debate on the Senate floor ensures citizens a say in their government.   The American people are heard, through their Senator, before their money is spent, before their civil liberties are curtailed, or before a judicial nominee is confirmed for a lifetime appointment.    We are the guardians, the stewards, the protectors of our people.   Our voices are their voices.  This is is the link to his whole Senate speech.     This brings us to our poll about the direction that the government is taking. Do you think that we are on the right track?

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Bill Frist's “nuclear option” by Mark Follman
The Nuclear Option in the Senate: A Preemptive Strike for Absolute Power by Ralph G. Neas