Celebrating the Exit of a RINO, Cheering
as Rome Burns
May 1, 2009
defection of the traitor Specter from the Republican Party came cheers
from the hard Right. "We are better off without him,” they said. "We’re
flushing the RINOs from the party,” they asserted. "The Left can’t blame
us anymore for what government does,” they exclaimed. While this may be
so – and perhaps even what the Republican Party needs to motivate it to
honestly look at re-evaluating its platform and philosophical strategy,
which is being held hostage by an impossible acquiescence to
unreasonable individualism – Specter's defection will be horrific for the
country in the immediate. Anyone cheering for that on the right side of
the aisle is a fool, an idiot or both.
In response to the traitor Specter’s self-serving switch of parties,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
told CNN's Candy Crowley:
"Very exciting, very exciting
for the American people, because now we can get things done without
explaining process...Hopefully now [Republicans] will also extend the
hand of friendship so they can work together in a bipartisan way."
This statement is so incredibly
disturbing on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin, but if
we are going to survive as a Constitutional Republic until 2010 we must
understand the hypocritical juxtaposition and ramifications of Ms.
Prior to the 110th Congress, when the Democrats were the minority in the
House, Pelosi frequently complained that Democrats were being ignored
and that their level of input with regard to crafting legislation was
minimized to an almost inconsequential extent. She repeatedly – on the
House floor and during the 2006 campaign cycle – promised to operate the
most ethical and transparent Congress in US history. She continued to
espouse her dedication to this promise after Democrats won control of
But after the seating of the 110th Congress, Pelosi saw fit to
frequently suspend the committee process in the House, first doing so to
accommodate the Democrats’ campaign promises of fulfilling a "100 hour”
legislative agenda which included: raising the federal minimum wage;
"breaking the link" between lobbyists and Congress; reinstituting
"pay-as-you-go" budget rules; enacting all of the 9/11 Commission's
recommendations; allowing Medicare to bargain directly with drug
companies; and expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell
research. And although she eventually had to compromise on many of these
issues, the precedent for usurping the committee process was
explain the committee process...
"Each bill goes through several
stages in each house. The first stage involves consideration by a
committee. Most legislation is considered by standing committees, each
of which has jurisdiction over a particular subject matter... In some
cases, bills may be sent to select committees, which tend to have more
narrow jurisdictions than standing committees. Each standing and select
committee is led by a chair (who belongs to the majority party) and a
ranking member (who belongs to the minority party). Committees are
permitted to hold hearings and collect evidence when considering bills.
They may also amend the bill, but the full house holds the power to
accept or reject committee amendments. After considering and debating a
measure, the committee votes on whether it wishes to report the measure
to the full house.”
"A decision not to report a bill amounts to a rejection of the proposal.
Both houses provide for procedures under which the committee can be
bypassed or overruled, but they are rarely used. If reported by
the committee, the bill reaches the floor of the full house.”
To summarize, it is the committee process that ensures that the minority
party has a voice and influence in a Representative form of government.
The committee process is essential in assuring the rights of the
minority, something our Framers were quite adamant about.
It should be pointed out here that when the Republicans held control of
both houses of Congress in 1995, they always allowed proposed
legislation to go through the committee process.
With the election of Barack Obama to the presidency and an almost
super-majority of Democrats to the House of Representatives, Pelosi
completely abandoned her pledge to inclusion, ethics and transparency.
She immediately declared an "emergency” and suspended the committee
process, yet again, this time to pass the so-called stimulus bill, a
bill that included tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in
special interest earmarks. Additionally, Pelosi intends to use the
reconciliation process to advance the mammoth national health care
initiative championed by Obama, Reid, herself and the rest of the
borrow-and-spend junkies in the Democrat Party.
writing in the Sacramento Bee explains the reconciliation process:
"Under reconciliation, debate on
a bill can be limited to 20 hours, enabling passage by a simple majority
(51 senators, or 50 with the vice president breaking a tie) rather than
requiring 60 votes to terminate debate and vote on final passage. The
president and Senate Democrats have decided to use reconciliation by
Oct. 15, unless Republicans negotiate compliantly regarding health care.
But the threat mocks negotiations. The reconciliation process was
created in 1974 to facilitate adjustments of existing spending
And former Sen. John Sununu, a
New Hampshire Republican, writing in the Wall Street Journal, says of
Pelosi’s use of reconciliation:
"[T]his decision is a deeply
troublesome attempt to circumvent the normal and customary workings of
American democracy...It's a radical departure from congressional
precedent, in which budget rules have been designed and used to reduce
deficits, not expand the size of government. And it promises bitter
divisiveness under an administration that has made repeated promises to
reach across the partisan divide."
Examining Pelosi’s statement
about the defection of the traitor Specter, in which she says, "...now
we can get things done without explaining process...” we can understand
her intentions. Not only has Pelosi completely abandoned her pledge to
ethics, transparency and non-partisanship, she is blatantly lying to the
American people about the mechanics of the process. "Now we can get
things done without explaining process” can only mean that transparency
is dead in the 111th Congress and a Pelosi oligarchy has replaced our
constitutionally mandated representative form of government.
Additionally, Pelosi’s claim to non-partisanship is a kin to Hugo
Chavez’s claim to being a party to legitimate elections. It’s simply not
true. Joining with her Senate counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-NV), their laughable claim to bi-partisanship consists of both
Reid and Pelosi telling the minority what their compromise will be.
In addressing the upcoming health care legislation,
Reid recently wrote to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
inferring that Democrats will establish the terms of any "bi-partisan”
"Make no mistake, we are
determined to reform healthcare this year...In order for this bipartisan
process to take root, Republicans must demonstrate a sincere interest in
legislating...Rather than just saying no, you must be willing to offer
concrete and constructive proposals. We cannot afford more of the
obstructionist tactics that have denied or delayed Congress’s efforts to
address so many of the critical challenges facing this nation.”
It is clear that the claims of
wanting to "reach across the aisle” and to craft "bi-partisan
legislation” are based in opportunistic rhetoric meant to deceive the
American people even as they claim the voice of the people. The litmus
test debunking their claim to cooperation and balance can be found in
this singular question: What major component to any proposed legislation
have you ceded in your quest for bi-partisanship? It is a hard question
to answer when legislation is crafted by a single party’s leadership
behind closed doors and in usurpation of the committee process.
As for the traitor Specter, his actions solidified the Democrats
totalitarian iron fist on the legislative process in so far as the
minority party – the Republican Party – has no recourse to the Democrats
one-party tyranny. With Specter’s defection the minority is even denied
the procedural tool of the filibuster. Republicans have no choice but to
be seen and understood as inconsequential on Capitol Hill.
So, while those who are counted among the staunchest of Republicans
might be happy that the traitor Specter is gone and happy that there is
a culling of the RINOs within the Republican Party, that happiness
should be severely tempered by the realization that what may be good for
the party isn’t necessarily good for the country in the immediate
future. In fact, for the next three and one-half years the neo-Marxist
wing of the Democrat Party will get just about everything that it wants.
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