THE CONGRESS: Weapon of the Minority

"A body which cannot govern itself will not long hold the respect of the people who have chosen it to govern the country."

So spoke an outraged Senator Henry Cabot Lodge in 1893, after the nation's business had been stalled in the 53rd Congress by a filibuster which had lasted two months. Last week, watching the Senate of the 81st Congress go into the second week of an undistinguished filibuster, many a citizen would agree with the late Senator Lodge.

Shabby Battle. The latest filibuster was a shabby debate in which the real...

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