Don't filibuster votes on judges

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

Although I'm sure David Dierdorff sees himself as a steward for our great country, his recent letter to the editor couldn't be farther from the truth.

The filibuster is a tool our forefathers developed for legislation, not judicial appointments. The Constitution clearly states that the current president has the power to choose our Supreme Court judges. The checks and balances our forefathers instituted happen to be simply that the members of Congress have an individual vote of yes or no on the appointments. What could be clearer and simpler? The truth is that filibusters for judicial appointments have not been used for the past 200 years.

Our forefathers never intended filibustering to be used for this purpose; it is simply some people's idea to sabotage the process. The bad guys here are the people using filibusters inappropriately and then spreading misinformation to cover their shady actions. This act is no more than an act of desperation.

Gregory Acres

Juneau



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