5/16/2005

fil i bus ter != debate;


n.
The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.
An instance of the use of this delaying tactic.
An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.

--Term used to designate obstructionist tactics in legislative assemblies (who knows-- maybe even in .NET assemblies). It has particular reference to the U.S. Senate, where the tradition of unlimited debate is very strong.

What's particularly interesting is the origin of the word:

In the 17th cent. the term was applied to buccaneers who plundered the Spanish colonies in the New World. In the 19th cent. the word was used more in reference to adventurers who organized and led, under private initiative, armed expeditions into countries with which the country from which they set out was at peace. Complications between the governments involved were likely to result. There was a series of filibustering expeditions from the United States against Cuba, Mexico, and Central and South American countries in the 19th cent., some of them led by citizens of the United States.

Does this all sound familiar in a modern setting?

Draw your own conclusions, but remember-- it's your and my taxes that pay for this imbecility. You can run the government, have a debate, and vote on it. Fil-i-bus-ter != debate. Leave the Stone Age for Barney Rubble.