I was absolutely disgusted by Senator Byrd (Democrat from West Virginia) and his remarks made on the Senate Floor.
"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men," Byrd said. "But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends."
Byrd then quoted historian Alan Bullock, saying Hitler "turned the law inside out and made illegality legal."
Byrd added, "That is what the nuclear option seeks to do."
Now, lets put all of this in context.
First of all, the Senate is not trying to get rid of the filibuster. The Senate Republicans are trying to follow the Constitution
. The role of the Senate according to Article II Section 2 is as follows:He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
Now, Let me clarify what this means. It is the Senates job to advise and give consent. How does the Senate do this? By voting on the nominations. If the Senate votes nay then the nomination does not pass. If the Senate votes Yay then the nomination passes. IF THERE IS NO VOTE THE SENATE IS NOT PERFORMING ITS DUTIES AS ORDERED BY THE CONSTITUTION.
Now, what are the republicans doing? They are simply trying to force a vote, thats all. They are trying to do their job. They are not trying to get rid of the filibuster. The Republicans know that someday they will be in the minority again. However, the President has a right to have his nominations put to a vote. NO JUDICIAL NOMINATION HAS EVER BEEN FILIBUSTERED UNTIL 2 YEARS AGO.
Now, I believe Senator Byrd was WAY out of line. Anyone who uses Hitler, in my opinion, strengthen there side of a case really needs to look at how strong there case is. No American politician, nomatter how much you disagree with them should ever have to be compared to Hitler. Senator Byrd deserves to lose all credibility.