One of the ways in which Congress observes the principle of ‘majority rule with respect for minority rights’ is the Senate filibuster. Over the years the filibuster has become an increasingly used tool by the minority party. Do some of your own research on the filibuster. Describe how lawmakers use the filibuster. Do the rules for the use of the filibuster need to be changed? Why or why not? Should the filibuster be seen as an important protection for the minority or a significant obstacle to getting things done?