The Constitution itself gives us the means to bypass parliamentary ploys by a minority bent on shutting down the government. We need only follow the Congressional voting procedures laid out by the founders: enactment of legislation by simple majority vote in each house, after full and free discussion. Nowhere does the Constitution mention the filibuster in the Senate, or entitle the Speaker of the House to block a vote on legislation until a majority of his own party caucus discharges it. These obstructionist tactics were dreamed up by the parties (which also are nowhere mentioned in the Constitution). The solution is simple: Allow votes in both chambers and respect majority rule, as the founders intended. That's the pledge lawmakers ought to be taking.