Feeling Squeezed by Political Correctness

Written by Terry Mitchell

I'm starting to feel squeezed by allrepparttar political correctness being imposed on us by bothrepparttar 136885 Left andrepparttar 136886 Right. Both sides are constantly trying to infringe on our freedoms by telling us what we can and cannot say or do. I'm getting sick and tired of it. Below are just a few examples of what they are trying to impose on us.

The Left tells us: (1) Being simply tolerant of all kinds if sexual variants like homosexuals, bisexuals, transvestites, andrepparttar 136887 trans-gendered is not good enough. We must accept their lifestyles as natural and normal. We must never, of course, say anything negative aboutrepparttar 136888 practitioners of those lifestyles. Ideally, we should worshiprepparttar 136889 ground they walk on likerepparttar 136890 Hollywood crowd does. My take: I'm all for tolerance and I'm basically a live-and-let-live kind of guy, but this is overrepparttar 136891 top. Tolerance, yes; forced acceptance, no. (2) Women are equal to men in every way (except those ways in which women are better or do not choose to be equal). They must be given every opportunity men are given, but must not be held torepparttar 136892 same physical or emotional standards. In addition, women are considered minorities (even though there are more of them than there are men), so they must be given special preferences and opportunities that are not afforded to men. Violence to women is always unacceptable but men often deserve it. Any depiction of violence to women is no laughing matter and must be abolished, but depictions of violence to men are usually quite funny. Anything that can be perceived as degrading to women is horrible but most men deserve a little degradation at times. My take: Any woman should be givenrepparttar 136893 opportunity to prove that she can do any given job as well as a man could do. If she can, then she should be given equal access to that job and paid whatever a man would be paid. However, if she can’t, then she shouldn’t complain aboutrepparttar 136894 lack of access torepparttar 136895 job or unequal pay. It is every woman's right to determine whether or not she wants to be treated differently because of her gender. However, no woman has a right to have it both ways. Either she wants to be treated differently from a man or she doesn't. Also, violence to either sex, except to defend oneself or someone from imminent physical harm, is totally unacceptable. (3) All races and ethnic groups are equal, but those who are considered to be minorities must be given special preferences in order to succeed. More specifically, African-Americans must be given preferential treatment to offsetrepparttar 136896 way white males treated them duringrepparttar 136897 18th and 19th centuries. All ofrepparttar 136898 problems that exist inrepparttar 136899 African-American community can be traced back either torepparttar 136900 direct actions or indifference of white males. My take: I totally agree withrepparttar 136901 premise that all races and ethnic groups are equal. I've always endorsedrepparttar 136902 "color blind society" school of thought, with no special preferences for anyone. I think we would all do well to quit identifying ourselves and one another by racial and ethnic categories. (4) Trees, land, and animals are all more important than making life better for humans. You cannot develop life-saving or life-enhancing drugs if some small animal will be hurt inrepparttar 136903 process. You cannot build what you want nor can you do what you want on your own land if it requires cutting down some trees or forcing some animals to go elsewhere. You cannot cut down trees to develop land and/or build new homes. You cannot drill for oil if it will ruinrepparttar 136904 pristine nature of any piece of land or interfere with any animal's habitat. Besides, you're supposed to drive small, cramped economy cars to conserverepparttar 136905 oil supply. You're also supposed to carpool and/or use public transportation, even if it's not convenient. My take: Any person or organization should have a right to do what they want with their own property, as long as no human being is directly harmed.

What Is The Filibuster All About?

Written by Garry Gamber

The filibuster has been a tool available to U.S. Senators during Senate floor discussions on legislation and appointments sincerepparttar U.S. Constitution was ratified. Bothrepparttar 136180 Democratic and Republican parties have valuedrepparttar 136181 filibuster as a means to bring compromise and bipartisanship to bitter and divisive debates.

The word, filibuster, as it applies torepparttar 136182 American political process refers to a political delaying tactic such as a long speech used by politicians to delay or preventrepparttar 136183 passage of legislation. The older meaning of filibuster refers torepparttar 136184 illegal act of plundering or piracy; of capturing a ship and its cargo and holding it for ransom.

The etymology ofrepparttar 136185 word, filibuster, seems to date back to about 1560-1570 whenrepparttar 136186 English anglicizedrepparttar 136187 Dutch word, vrijbutier, into freebooter. A freebooter is understood to be a person who goes in search of plunder; a pirate, a buccaneer. Shortly thereafter,repparttar 136188 French adopted filibustier andrepparttar 136189 Spanish adopted filibustero to meanrepparttar 136190 same thing. Inrepparttar 136191 17th centuryrepparttar 136192 English transformedrepparttar 136193 Spanish word into filibuster to describerepparttar 136194 actions ofrepparttar 136195 pirates who attackedrepparttar 136196 Spanish explorers ofrepparttar 136197 New World. Inrepparttar 136198 1800’srepparttar 136199 Americans popularizedrepparttar 136200 word filibuster, referring torepparttar 136201 activities of famous pirates operating in Latin America andrepparttar 136202 Caribbean.

Filibuster as Piracy

From 1830 to 1860repparttar 136203 countries of Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua were all victims of various filibuster campaigns. The filibusters were led by groups of adventurers who, withoutrepparttar 136204 consent ofrepparttar 136205 American Government, but withrepparttar 136206 aid of private American finance, tried to seize political power in these Latin American and Caribbean countries. Part ofrepparttar 136207 aim ofrepparttar 136208 filibuster campaigns was to empowerrepparttar 136209 population of these countries and bring forth a revolution that would be beneficial to American interests, mainlyrepparttar 136210 slave trade.

Financial support forrepparttar 136211 filibusters came largely fromrepparttar 136212 southern states where parades of celebration were held in their honor and songs were written about their adventures. Officially,repparttar 136213 U.S. did not supportrepparttar 136214 filibuster campaigns becauserepparttar 136215 military was spread too thin to be able to provide adequate enforcement ofrepparttar 136216 laws againstrepparttar 136217 involvement. Many citizens sawrepparttar 136218 campaigns as an aspect of “manifest destiny,”repparttar 136219 idea that America had a right to unlimited expansion.

A couple of famous filibusterers include Narciso Lopez and William Walker. Lopez liberated Venezuela from Spanish rule and attempted three times to liberate Cuba. Walker, from Tennessee, annexed parts of Mexico, including Lower California, and declared himself to be president. The U.S. government did not support Walker and eventually brought him to trial.

The era ofrepparttar 136220 Filibuster Movement ended whenrepparttar 136221 U.S. Civil War started. Attention and resources were given torepparttar 136222 defense ofrepparttar 136223 North andrepparttar 136224 South, endingrepparttar 136225 efforts ofrepparttar 136226 filibuster campaigns.

Filibuster as a Political Tool

Duringrepparttar 136227 period from 1840 to 1860, numerous Southern politicians made long speeches during Senate floor debates on legislation bills forrepparttar 136228 purpose of delayingrepparttar 136229 bill or preventing a vote onrepparttar 136230 bill. The word filibuster was borrowed to describe these speeches, which were thought of as piracy of time and opportunity. Henry Clay, in 1841, gave what is considered to berepparttar 136231 first filibuster speech.

Asrepparttar 136232 debate overrepparttar 136233 slavery issue became more important in Congress, southern politicians usedrepparttar 136234 tactic of long dilatory speeches to block all civil rights legislation. The word filibuster became popularized during this pre-Civil War period.

Legislative Rules

The U.S. Constitution did not give direction torepparttar 136235 House of Representatives or torepparttar 136236 Senate regarding how to conduct everyday business and how to conduct debates onrepparttar 136237 floor. Each body was expected to create and adopt their own rules.

On day 2 ofrepparttar 136238 first Senate meeting a special committee was created to "prepare a system of rules for conducting business." A few days later, on April 7, 1789,repparttar 136239 special committee filed their first rules report and on April 16, 1789,repparttar 136240 Senate adopted their first set of rules. The first set contained 19 rules and on April 18 number 20 was adopted. At this pointrepparttar 136241 special committee was disbanded.

The rules committee was recreated on several occasions during succeeding years forrepparttar 136242 purpose of creating new rules or revising existing rules. Since 1789 there have been 7 adoptions of new or revised rules; in 1806, 1820, 1828, 1877, 1884, and 1979. Some rules have been amended and passed byrepparttar 136243 Senate without going to a committee. The change to Rule XXII in 1917 to provide for a cloture procedure is a good example. There currently are a total of 43 Standing Rules ofrepparttar 136244 Senate.

The House Rules and Manual ofrepparttar 136245 U.S. House of Representatives does not allow for filibuster speeches. Each Representative is allowed to holdrepparttar 136246 floor to debate a question for one hour and may only speak once on each question. The House is a large body andrepparttar 136247 members thought it wise to limitrepparttar 136248 amount of time that a Representative may speak.

The Senate is an entirely different situation, however.

Senate Rule XIX

Rule XIX isrepparttar 136249 key rule that provides a structure for debate onrepparttar 136250 Senate floor. A key provision ofrepparttar 136251 rule states that when a Senator rises to seek recognition during floor debate, he or she is guaranteed a chance to speak onrepparttar 136252 question for as long as he or she wishes. The presiding officer is not given discretion in this matter and must recognize each Senator in order. Duringrepparttar 136253 period of time that a recognized Senator is speakingrepparttar 136254 question beforerepparttar 136255 Senate cannot come to a vote. The Senator cannot be interrupted or be forced to stop their speech without their consent.

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