The "World's greatest deliberative body" - the U.S. Senate - claims to be the mainstay of individual liberty, minority rights and legislative temperance. In many circles, the exulted accolades that are bestowed upon this body of lawmaking elders approach reverence. While some of the most heralded figures in American politics have served in this august body, the chronicle of the last half-century is a very mixed record of accomplishments. Most observers view the Senate as the senior chamber in Congress while calling the House the people's body. Examine the cast of characters that now hold office and ask, are they really defenders of national virtue or are they conspiratorial collaborators in the systematic destruction of a free and independent nation?
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