UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform. The deal is this: Thefilibuster will not be reformed. But the way the Senate moves to consider new legislation and most nominees will be. (Full Story)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R) is about to implement authoritarian rule in the US Senate where he and three other Senators who have final say on legislation that is passed.
This power who eventually pass to any Senate Majority leader but Reid is only living in the moment.
Harry Reid is not a very nice person, he's the lapdog for Barack Obama and is now willing to secede ultimate Senatorial power to himself.
Harry Reid's "Gang of 4" will be able to pass any legislation their little hearts desire, without any debate or opposition.
Think back to the Obamacare legislation when Democrats held the House Majority and there was no minority involvement and we were told the bill would have to pass so we could read the bill. Massive legislation was passed in the wee hours, pasted together in back rooms and the people had no say in the matter.
Harry's "filibuster reform" would offer the following:
- Make it easier for one party to pass legislation, even if half the Senate disagrees: To stop debate on a contentious issue, 60 votes are now required. But the proposal being floated would create a way for the Majority Leader to pass any proposal with only 51 votes.
- Create four “Super Senators” who hold the true power: Only four Senators would be able to offer amendments to legislation, effectively shutting out the other 96 from the legislative process.
- Special power for the Majority Leader: The Majority Leader (now Reid) would have the special authority to add an amendment after debate is finished on a particular bill. Combined with the 51-vote threshold, this change would allow the Majority Leader to jam through just about anything without the Senate even debating it.
This wasn't always so. In 2005 Harry Reid, then in the minority, had a different view of Senate power structure.
. . . one of the good things about this institution we have found in the 214 years it has been in existence is that the filibuster, which has been in existence since the beginning, from the days of George Washington…in all the political writings about filibuster, that is one of the things they talk about as a positive. It forces people to get together because sometimes in this body you become very fixed.
And Reid's pal and Tyrant-in-Chief Barack Obama felt much the same way:
. . . what [the American people] don’t expect, is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet…everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster—if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate—then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.
So much for taxation without representation. Harry Reid will become the ultimate authoritarian over Senate legislation.
Will Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fight this mass takeover of equal representation? It may not make a difference but it will be interesting where McConnell falls on this one.
I've been writing about this for years and now you're starting to see what Communism and tyranny look like. It won't be pretty and some day you'll wake up wondering where your freedom has gone.
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