Shouldn’t Be Surprised: Utter Ignorance of Democrat Senators
I was watching a video, “Obama & Dems in ’05: 51 Vote ‘Nuclear Option’ is ‘Arrogant’ Power Grab Against the Founder’s Intent,” http://bit.ly/cgTbfi produced by Naked Emperor News showing snippets of the ’05 debate over the “Nuclear Option.” It shows Democrat Senators emotionally arguing against Republicans changing the filibuster rules to not pertain to judicial appointments. It’s jolly fun watching these Senators cry about the sanctity of the filibuster knowing that they are presently considering ignoring Senate rules to pass so-called “Health Care Reform” or “Health Insurance Reform” or whatever the hell they’re calling it today. However, we know statists are immune to shame, especially when it comes to hypocrisy, unless (of course) it’s practiced by their opponents.
Watching this, what really struck me was the absolute ignorance of these Senators. (Or to be fair, the ignorance of their staffs. I mean, do we really think these empty suits wrote those speeches themselves?) They kept going on and on about the Framers’ intent when it came to the purpose of the Senate, and the history and importance of the filibuster.
Before I go any farther, let me admit something. I like the filibuster. Yeah, it bites us on the ass sometimes, but that’s the point. Anything that slows down government action has my approval. However, the rules of the legislative bodies must be constitutional, and the filibuster has been misapplied to judicial nominations. There I said it. I’ll go into it more if necessary, just not now.
First, the Framers’ intent concerning the purpose of the Senate went the way of the Dodo bird with the passing of the 17th Amendment. The Senate was meant to be a body representing the individual States, as separate legal entities possessing both innate and Constitutional authorities. The House (of Representatives) was to be the only form of direct democracy in the Constitution, the “People’s House.” The 17th Amendment turned the “States’ House” into the “People (from a State)’s House. The result is a swing in the delicately constructed balance of power away from the States to the Central Government. Can you imagine any of the myriad of State mandates coming out of a Senate whose members were appointed by State governments?
Second, the filibuster, preventing a vote to come to the floor, is not a Senate rule grounded in the Constitution. Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution states, “Each house may determine the rules of its proceedings.” That is the extent of it. As a matter of fact, no filibuster was possible according to Senate rules during the first two Congresses, and the first filibuster didn’t occur until 1837. These filibusters could only delay the inevitable vote, and not permanently kill a measure, because the rules could be changed at any time with a simple majority. Finally, the current filibuster, requiring 60 votes to bring a motion to the floor, wasn’t adopted until 1975 by a Democrat-controlled Senate. So, it’s not like we’re talking about rewriting the Talmud or changing the Catechism.
I could go on and on about this, especially the 17th Amendment, and I have. I just haven’t posted it… because it’s too long, I (still) can’t finish it, and (most importantly) I don’t want to sound like the Uni-bomber or your cousin going on about the Kennedy Assassination or … Algore (God forbid!).
It’s just a damned shame we (not me, or you, probably, but you know) have elected such numb skulls to such high office. And they think they can run everything better than we can. Pity…