The filibuster is just one more example that for anything gained or lost there is either a positive or negative offset. The filabuster has protected both bad thing and good things. But in an ever faster changing world, on balance, it has prevented government from keeping up.

Yes, it has often prevent rash decisions from becoming law, but the negative offset has been grid lock — pick your poison.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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