So warns Mario Cuomo regarding the filibuster rule change.
If Republicans rewrite Senate rules to more easily end filibusters, the country will experience "exactly the kind of `tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind," former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Saturday.
Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies."
"How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a vital part of the 200-year-old system of checks and balances in the Senate," Cuomo said.
"The Republicans say it would assure dominance by the majority in the Senate," he said. "That sounds democratic until you remember that the Bill of Rights was adopted, as James Madison pointed out, to protect all of Americans from what he called the `tyranny of the majority.'"
"It sounds nearly absurd when you learn that the minority Democrats in the Senate actually represent more Americans than the majority Republicans do," Cuomo said.
Cuomo's correct in that it is high time that the repugnuts come down off of their perceived ivory tower which they loard over the majority of American's that have disagreed with thier actions. It is high time that the Senate repugnuts start actually working with dems to right the wrongs this administration and Congress has created through their arrogance and ideology. Righting the wrongs they have created includes this ridiculous notion of ending judicial filibusters.
Judges should be left to judge, not caught up in a political malestrom.