Thursday, October 06, 2005

Iraq More Fair than U.S. Senate

In a stunning reversal, under U.S. and U.N. pressure, the Iraqi Parliament has revised rules under which the constitutional referendum will be voted upon. The former rules were the same rules that the U.S. Senate uses, in which 60 votes are necessary for cloture, the so-called filibuster rule. If only 61 Senators are available the day of the vote, the 60 votes are still needed. Iraq had approved the same rule for its constiturional referendum, where one third of registered voters in three provinces would be needed to reject the constitution. With this new rule, no more than one third of those voting are all that is required to upset the constitution.

Hypocrisy has been banished in Iraq, yet it still thrives in the good old U.S.A. Maybe we need an insurgency here.