Our government has to evolve to reflect the changing realities, including the filibuster.
The Jefferson Memorial has a passage on the 4th panel that is an abbreviated version of this original passage:
"I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."We can no longer continue under the barbarity of conservative filibuster that is so destructive to the function and intent of government. We have ever and always been expected to change our system of government as necessary - and it HAS been necessary beyond any fairness or honesty or good faith from the right.
Nothing exploded, no mushroom cloud appeared in Washington D.C., unless you count the metaphorical explosion of Turtleman Mitch McConnell's head.
It is time and frankly long overdue for the Democrats to stop the egregious abuse of the filibuster to such an extent that it not only obstructed the Obama administration, it had become a form of the government shut down and had begun to nullify the actual provisions of how our government was structured to function, effectively damaging our constitutional form of government.
We DO need protection for the minority party, but the filibuster is NOT in the constitution. Contrary to the claims if the historically illiterate radical right, like Rush Limbaugh, this is not a particularly old tradition nor was it ever intended as the procedural adoption of it progressed to be what the radical right has done.
In that regard, the radical right, the gutless mainstream GOP and the Tea Party that dictates to them, are not superpatriots, they are un-American pseudo-patriots. They care only about their political advantage, which is both petty and malicious, while offering NOTHING of value in solution to the problems that government can improve.
The ONLY individuals to blame for this development are the radical right, including Mitch McConnell who is facing even more radical right primary challenges.
The PRAISE goes to Harry Reid and the Democrats for finally digging out and dusting off their back bones from whatever closet they had left them in, under the guise of seeking comity.