Letter to the editor: Not so fast no filibuster

Posted 3/5/21

 

I am amazed by how many people think that changing our constitution and rules will make America a better place. Careful changes have been made during our history. Such as the amendments to …

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Letter to the editor: Not so fast no filibuster

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I am amazed by how many people think that changing our constitution and rules will make America a better place. Careful changes have been made during our history. Such as the amendments to the Constitution, which have generally enhanced equality among citizens. Some proposed changes eliminate safety nets. For example the Senate Filibuster and 60 vote majority to pass legislation prevents one party from dominating the Senate without bipartisan cooperation. The Electoral college prevents the more populous states from dominating the rural and smaller states such as Colorado, it does not “make every vote count.” Civics seems to be seriously undertaught. I have rarely found anyone who has read any of the “Federalist Papers” or even knows what they are. It is here that you find the rational for much of our constitution. There are many books which explain our history. Such as “The Creature from Jekyll Island”, “Tragedy and Hope” by Carrol Quigley, “Democracy in America” by Alexis De Tocqueville which all should be required reading.
We need to be careful and aware of who it is that is behind many of the proposed rules, and constitutional changes. Be wary of changes which will seed power to one party, the tables can be easily turned as we have seen recently. It is important to know the history of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, to understand the reasoning behind them. So many want to come here for a reason, let us not destroy that reason. What will you do?
William Hineser,
Arvada

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