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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mr. Smith won't be going to Washington anymore.










First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemoller 

Since this country was founded,  one of the important checks and balances in our government was the exercise of the filibuster in the Senate.  The intent was to prevent the party in power, the one with the most seats in the Senate, from running roughshod over the opposition.  Jefferson and Adams in particular realized that without some kind of braking mechanism,  there was no way of preventing one party from ramming through radicals via the nomination process and marginalizing the other party. The filibuster was the tool they came up with to prevent this.

All my life, the idea of changing the rules to emasculate the filibuster has come up periodically.  Whichever party is in power says it's a great idea, and the one that isn't says it's a terrible idea. But today, for the first time in American History, a political party changed the rules .  The Democrats who were celebrating the rule change in the Senate today were the exact same ones who called the idea fascist and a terrible injustice and threat when they were out and the Republicans were in.  There are 100 Senators.  It took 60 votes to shut down a filibuster.  But Harry Reid and Barak Obama have fixed it so now it takes a simple majority.

With the sixty vote rule gone,  there's a quantum shift in power and the Democrats are already exercising it. They started running through a laundry list of Obama nominations today and they will be confirming virtually all of them shortly. That's bad enough when you talk about Federal judges, etc but it will be outright apocalyptic when it applies to Supreme Court Justices.  Those appointments were excluded from todays rule, but that won't stand for long. Once the exclusion is dropped, and it will be, Obama can appoint anyone he wants to the Supreme Court.  Even as it stands now there's no way for the minority party to exercise any restraint on the majority party  nominations unless they can convince a significant number of the majority party to vote with them. That is not going to happen.


Tonight on ABC this story got about one minute of air time, while a story on buying flat screen tv's got four. That is not an accident.  The government and their lackeys in the MSM are trying to slip this one by, and the vast majority of Americans, who are "low information voters" will never even know it happened.

Hitler and the Nazi's got into power legally.  They got enough votes to get seats in the Reichstag, then they got enough votes to get some laws changed that favored them, and they got their people appointed to positions of importance in the government. They took over the German government little by little, but always in a rising tide.  Hitler didn't come to power in a coup d'état, and the terrible things that were done by his government in the name of the German people happened lawfully.  We'd be well advised to remember that.

Mr. Smith won't be going to Washington anymore.

12 comments:

  1. Worse yet. Wait until they drop things like treaty ratification to a simple majority. Agenda 21 and Small Arms anyone?

    I have gotten to the point that I almost don't post topics about what they are doing politically anymore because few listen. It's going to go until they finally push too far and then all hell will break loose. I just want to hang on until it's let loose time.

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    1. Well, I try to avoid politics but this was important. It's the camels nose under the tent. Next it will be Supreme Court Nominees. Then it will be Legislation. Then it will be Treaties. And after that, there's no coming back. I said after the Republicans backed down on the budget that they were finished as a political force but I didn't expect the Democrats to be celebrating their triumph this soon.

      I think more people listen than you think do. I expect there are a lot of people lurking out there who just don't want to go on the net and be on the skyline. I don't really blame them, this last year has been a bad one for privacy and freedom of speech.

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  2. It's all scary to me. No one can agree on anything. I said when Bush Jr. was in office, "I feel sorry for whoever is the next president. They have a lot to clean up." Now I'm saying it again, only louder.

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    1. Alissa, it's very frightening to a lot of people. The government is completely disfunctional. Both political parties are self serving and corrupt. The quality of life in the country is plummeting, there are more and more "poor" people and the handful of wealthy are getting much richer. I myself have no faith in the system at all at this point. I just worry about how bad things are actually going to get, more for my children than for myself and my wife.

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  3. Harry, I've drastically cut down on my TV news. I'll catch a few headlines in the morning and evening and that's about it.

    They are all lying or simply not covering what's really going on, even Fox is guilty of covering fluff stories at the expense of the real stories at times.

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    1. Fox has begun to really aggravate me. They're drifting away from their conservative values, and becoming more of a television carnival. You are right.

      I still force myself to watch some of the news shows though because things are happening fast and furiously now that are huge in import.

      I have started listening to Glenn Beck on the radio, and while it's not perfect the news there seems to be more accurate and less full of prurient stories than the television version.

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    2. Oh I read a lot of news online then check the TV headlines. You can then tell what they don't want you to know about and how badly they don't want you to know it by the amount of time they spend on misdirection

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  4. I have never really studied the US political system, perhaps it is time to start. Please correct me if I am wrong but the US President seems to have an enormous amount of personal power, under our parliamentary system PM Tony Abbot would never be able to make the sort of pronouncements that President Obama makes.

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    1. Sgt. He can make laws without going through the legislative branch by using what is called "Executive Orders." In the past it was rarely done because it was considered something that should not be utilized to bypass the legislative branch. But that was when we had Presidents who had some scruples. Bill Clinton really kicked off the use of the Executive Order as a kind of "Fuhrer Diktat" whereby he could make laws that he couldn't get through the legislature. Obama is a hack politician from the Chicago Machine, an outfit that is synonymous with corruption. Our system was carefully designed to be a stool with three legs. The Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, and the Legislative Branch. The founding fathers intended that each would be a check on the other and prevent despotism. The saying was that if any leg of the stool was removed, the stool would collapse. That's basically what we are seeing now. Things have reached the point that the President can initiate wars without the permission of Congress, he can make laws without the permission of Congress, and his federal law enforcement agencies frequently throw his critics in jail. They can kill people without any consequences, as they did at Ruby Ridge and Waco. I feel like Cicero watching Julius Caesar at work sometimes when I see Obama on the television explaining his latest caper.

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    2. Don't forget to give me an update on your vacation once you get settled back in at home.

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  5. thanks. we've heard nothing bout it. not surprised since the news here is mostly crap and sports.
    thanks again.
    have you heard about the TPP the transpacific ??? don't remember the last word. we are in for it!!
    deb harvey

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    1. Deb, I don't know anything about it. I don't think I have ever heard the term.

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