Democrats Blocking Estrada Need Civics Lesson

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, March 6, 2003

Democrats Blocking Estrada Need Civics Lesson

Do you remember being taught in school that the majority rules? Not anymore.

Senate Democrats are trying to change majority rule in the case of Miguel Estrada. Mr. Estrada, a highly qualified judge, has been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals by President Bush. Fifty-five senators would vote for him, but senate Democrats are filibustering the vote -- and it takes 60 votes to stop a filibuster.

There is nothing in the constitution that supports this tactic. But then liberal Democrats have paid little attention to the constitution for years.

Here is what Thomas Jefferson said about majority rule: "This is a country where the will of the majority is the law, and ought to be the law."

Not anymore.

It is outrageous that the Senate Democratic leadership is playing politics with the constitution. When Republicans controlled the Senate under Bill Clinton, most of his nominations were approved. But Liberals, who have used the courts to impose outrageous laws on this country, don’t want judges who read the constitution as it was written.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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Democrats Blocking Estrada Need Civics Lesson