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Stifling Dissent

Reported by Ellen - March 11, 2005

Last night on his radio show, Alan Colmes played his entire interview with Senator Robert Byrd, Democratic Senator from West Virginia. An edited version of the interview was also played on Hannity & Colmes and reported on by Deborah. On the radio, the interview took up the whole second hour of the show. Again and again Senator Byrd returned to the theme that the Republicans' threat to eliminate the filibuster puts not just a senate rule but our constitutional rights at stake. Byrd called it an attempt to stifle dissent.

If they succeed in stifling dissent in the senate, Senator Byrd argued, it will spread. He insisted that he would be as vehemently against the measure if it were Democrats trying to do the eliminating.

After hearing Senator Byrd speak so eloquently on the importance of the filibuster, a headline on a FOXNews.com article was all the more glaring: Senate Panel Protects ANWR Vote From Filibuster.

Comments: Once again, the Republicans put their own self-interest over American principles. FOX News, by saying that the Senate panel "protected" the vote, is there to help make it happen and look good in the process.

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