The very idea that a governmental official could simply talk for a very long time on unrelated issues as a way to hold up the process of turning a bill into law is absurd. It is, of course, par for course in the absurdity of this modern world we live in, but it should none the less be rejected as the antiquated government mechanism that it is.
It's actually a pretty irrelevant motion anymore, and Congress these days seems to pull so many obscure definitions of things to do whatever that mainly please anyway. It's just one little check in the grand scheme of checks and balances. The Founders knew to throw in as many nickel and dime procedures, to make accruing power a pain in the ass. I doubt the filibuster even existed during the Founders' time, but it follows the same strategy and mentality.
I do not believe it is time to overhaul the filibuster. I believe the filibuster is disliked because its an effective tool for politicians to use. I do not believe we should seek to make their jobs easier for them. When they can't agree on a topic and the other side uses a filibuster, they should take that time to listen.
No, it is not time to overhaul or change the filibuster in any way. It is needed to slow down our Congress. The success of Congress should not be measured by how many laws are created and passed. Rather, Congress should spend time in thoughtful debate and consideration of laws before forcing them upon us.
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