How far is too far for the Democrats?
Louise Slaughter, a Pelosi minion and Chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, is considering a rule that would allow the House Democrats to pass a corrections bill that would automatically assume a majority vote on the Senate version of the health care reform bill, thus ensuring that ObamaCare becomes the law of the land without anyone in the House actually having voted on it!
Dave Schnittger, aide to House Minority Leader John Boehner, said:
“The Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. You see, Democratic leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill through the House. Under Slaughter’s scheme, Democratic leaders will overcome this problem by simply ‘deeming’ the Senate bill passed in the House — without an actual vote by members of the House.”
The Progressives are really showing their true colors now. They proved they could pass legislation without reading it. Now they are working on passing legislation without even voting on the actual bill. If this passes, what is to stop them from unilaterally declaring bills passed without ever even considering them? What will prevent them from passing raw ideas as legislation? Only their fear of the American Public. And, at the moment, that doesn’t seem to give them even a moment’s pause.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty wrote in Thursday’s Morning Jolt newsletter,
“Are they out of their minds? What, the town hall meetings of last summer were too genteel and conciliatory for House Democrats’ tastes? Trying some sort of stunt like this in order to pass a bill without actually making members vote for it — that’s the sort of thing that takes “armed insurrection” talk out of the realm of chat rooms. We’ve long suspected that the Constitution means nothing to our counterparts on the left, but the idea of working around the requirement that bills be passed by the House strikes a new and disturbing we’ve-lost-democracy note.”
This maneuver doesn’t just violate the Rule of Law. It goes way beyond that. This is an attack on the fundamental principles of our form of government. This is so foreign to our Constitution, the only word that truly fits is Sedition.
If the Progressives pull this off, you’ll find me at the nearest Militia recruiting station.
Apparently, Nancy Pelosi thinks she’s got Americans buffaloed.
Fox News has video (see below) of Ms. Pelosi saying we have to pass the health care reform bill “so we can see what’s in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
First of all, that’s not what I would call “transparency,” Madam Speaker. Keeping from us the details of what this legislation will do until after it’s passed is somewhat like being asked to ingest the contents of an unlabeled bottle; for all you know, it might contain cyanide.
The lack of transparency brings me to my second point. The Speakers position, as enunciated in the video, conflicts with two of the five main principles of the Rule of Law.
The five principles are:
- Generality: Laws must apply to everyone equally, and not single out groups or individuals.
- Prospectivity: Laws must apply only to future behavior, not to past action (no ex-post facto laws).
- Publicity: Laws must be publicized, so the people can be certain of their application.
- Consent: Laws must be generally acceptable to the people who will live with them.
- Due Process: Laws must impartially applied and enforced according to established laws.
Judging from Ms. Pelosi’s comments, it appears that not only does this legislation violate the principle of Publicity (we can’t know what’s in it until it passes?), it violates the principle of Consent. How are we to give consent to being subject to legislation the application of which we can’t know until it becomes law?