Where Bill Frist (R-TN) gets off calling the filibuster
the "Tyranny by the Minority" is beyond me.
I didn't really know what 'tyranny' meant, so I went to dictionary.com and looked it up. Here's what it said:
A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.
The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly: “I have sworn... eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” (Thomas Jefferson).
There are three things wrong with that.
1. "Tyranny of the Minority" is an oxymoron, as tyrants have absolute power, where as a minority wouldn't ever have absolute power in a democracy.
2. The Republicans have more 'absolute power', as they control both the Legislative and Executive branches, and soon the Judicial, probably.
3. If you just do a little poking around, you can find a whole lot of tyrannical things that Mr. Bush and his friends have done already or want to do in the near future. So Billy Frist calling the Democrats tyrants is just plain hypocritcal.
a. The DeLay rule - extremely unjust. DeLay should have to be accountable for his illegal activities as much as anyone else
b. Bill Frist trying to block the vote on the Intelligence Reform Bill - also very unjust as this bill was recommended but the 9/11 commission, the president, the Senate, and a majority of the House
c. Trying to limit abortion rights - downright cruel, as women get all butchered up when abortions aren't safe and available.
d. Lowering taxes on the rich - very unjust as poorer people end up paying a higher proportion of taxes.
e. Bush trying to force his twisted brand of religion on everyone - both unjust as far as the Constitution goes, and pretty darned cruel to those that have different religious beliefs.
Yet, he calls the last remaining little tiny-weenie-itsy-bitsy bit of power that Democrats have a tyrannical? What a scumbag. He makes me mad.
But the one really funny thing about this article is what Mr. McCain said.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said he would be more disposed to the rules change "if I believed Republicans would be in the majority forever."
Just saying that kind of smells a little like he's a wanna-be tyrant but he's afraid any new and improved pro-current-administration legislation will be used against him if his party loses power.