December 17, 2012 1 Comment
There is a scene in the original Star Wars movie from 1977 where General Tarkin (played by famed British Actor Peter Cushing) tells Darth Vader that the Emperor has dissolved the Senate. He tells Vader, “The last remnants of the old Republic have been swept away forever.”
America was created as a Constitutional Republic as our founding fathers were very aware of the inherent dangers of a Democracy. The left has worked hard to destroy the protections a Republic provides its citizens.
There is a threat to what is left of the protections a Constitutional Republic gives its citizens. While this story has flown under the radar because of other news, something very dangerous is coming. This is something that will sweep away one of the last remnants of our Constitutional Republic.
What is it?
The Filibuster has been a time-honored technique used in the Senate to keep the majority from running roughshod over the minority. A filibuster puts a hold on everything and it cannot be stopped unless 60 Senators vote for cloture or to end debate.
The filibuster causes one party to compromise and it slows down legislation, since the Senate is supposed to be a deliberative body.
Now, as the Senate comes back into session in January, the Democrats are planning to do something that will change the nature of the Senate and our Constitutional Republic.
The Senate, unlike the House of Representatives is a continuing body. The Senate has 22 Rules that it operates under, 16 of those rules date from the establishment of the Senate. When the House of Representatives meets, it creates new rules every time. The Senate is a continuing body so it does not have to. Now Reid wants to change the Rules of the Senate, just making stuff up as he goes.
Reid wants to operate under the fiction that the Senate is not a continuing body therefore a majority vote sets new rules when it shows up ever January. The Rules of the Senate are decided on a majority vote. Therefore, with a majority vote, the filibuster can be abolished.
Abolishing the Filibuster sounds like one of those boring inside Washington debates that no one in real America cares about.
Nothing could be more wrong!
If Harry Reid is able to abolish the filibuster, everything the Senate considers (other than matters specified by the Constitution) will require only a majority vote.
The Obama Compliant media has been talking about how the Republicans are misusing the filibuster just because they want to obstruct the Democrats.
As usual with the mainstream media, you are not getting the full story.
Harry Reid has been using a parliamentary trick called “Filling the tree.” Basically what that means is that he fills up all of the possible opportunities for Amendments to bills.
This means the minority, in other words the Republicans, has no opportunity to offer amendments to bills. Republicans cannot get bills voted on unless Harry Reid approves. Republicans cannot get amendments voted on unless Harry Reid wants to allow the vote.
In short, Harry Reid has gone from being the Majority Leader of the Senate to the Dictator of the Senate. The Republicans have one tool left.
That is the Filibuster.
If the Filibuster is abolished, the gates will be opened. Liberal groups are already lining up to try to push through legislation they want that could not survive filibuster. This includes Cap and Trade, Card Check, gun control and almost everything else on the liberal wish list.
In addition, nominees could no longer be filibustered. This would open the door for Obama to appoint the most radical people possible to Federal openings, including Judges who receive lifetime appointments.
For once, Republicans are standing firm on this issue. But we need six Democrats to defect. The Democrats are not monolithic on this one. Some of the Democrats who have served for a long time have an institutional memory and do not think this is a good idea. Others realize that if the Filibuster is abolished, it is not coming back and one day the Republicans will control the Senate again. There are Democrats in the Senate who are in red states who will face election in 2014. They realize that if the Senate pushes through radical legislation, their chances of reelection will diminish radically.
We need to call every Senator’s office and tell them to oppose any change to the Filibuster.
Our founding fathers knew what a Democracy would mean and that is why they gave us a Constitutional Republic. Those safeguards of the Republic have been done away with and the Filibuster in the Senate is one of the last. If it falls, the Republic falls too.
Tell your friends and your Tea Party group about this.
- Harry Reid should not be allowed to manipulate Senate rules to further stifle Senators’ freedoms (redalertpolitics.com)
- FLASHBACK–Reid:Effort to Curtail Filibuster Is About the Arrogance of Power (cnsnews.com)
- Filibuster reform: Reid vs. Reid (givemeliberty01.com)
- Video: Harry Reid vs. Harry Reid on the Filibuster (hotair.com)
- Senate Rules: The Nuclear Option (theyouthcaucus.com)
- Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters (washingtontimes.com)