Obama’s Liberal Democrat Agenda Creates Tyranny in Senate, Robs Liberty from American Citizens
Sen. Mike Lee R-Utah called it an attack on the Senate itself and a move toward one-party rule.
Lee told WND, “Today’s decision by the Democrats to break the rules of the Senate are a partisan attack on the very purpose of this institution. The Senate protects the American people from authoritarian one-party rule by requiring at least some consensus to move anything through this body. The Democrats have just done great damage to this principle by putting politics and partisanship ahead of the interests of the American people.”
The Washington Post said it “reverses nearly 225 years of precedent and dramatically alters the landscape for both Democratic and Republican presidents.”
The paper also said it would lead to “severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.”
Under the new rules, it only takes a majority of senators, or 51 votes, for confirmation of federal judge nominees and presidential appointments. That replaces the 60-vote super-majority that has been required for more than 200 years. The new rule does not apply to Supreme Court nominations.
The measure passed by a vote of 52-48. (3 Democrats sided with Republicans against this power grab.)
In the five years that Barack Obama has been president, he has nominated genuinely extreme people who are out of the American mainstream, to sit on courts, to be cabinet secretaries, to sit over at the EPA, you name it, really genuinely radical leftist extremes who are not part of the American mainstream. The Republicans have filibustered a number of these nominees in order to keep genuine radical leftists out. The Democrats are fit to be tied over this because their view is Obama won and he should be able to nominate whoever he wants.
The rule now is, the practical meaning of the rule is that there are no rules, and the Republicans’ votes mean nothing. Whatever is proposed, the Republicans, if they stay unified, 45 votes against it means nothing. There’s nothing they can do unless they can convince some Democrats to join ’em and deny the Democrats 51 votes. If that happens, Dingy Harry might change the rule again to say all we need 50 on this particular issue. Once you start changing the rules as the majority — the Founders were terrified of the tyranny of the majority. One of the reasons that the Senate was structured and founded the way it is, as opposed to the House, it was designed for gridlock. It was designed to stop massive new laws being passed and voted on daily. It was designed to stop the growth of government.
I Think This Behavior Will Come Back and Bite the Democrats
RUSH: I want to tell you something else. This is going to incur the wrath of several of my friends who are gonna accuse me of having my head in the sand. All I can do is share with you what’s in my heart. This stuff that the Democrats are pulling here, all of it, the filibuster, Obamacare, all of this stuff, I have to tell you, I’m an optimistic person and I have faith, and I may even be a little Pollyannish at times, and I understand that you have to make things happen. You just can’t sit around and wait for ’em to happen, but I’m telling you, I think all of this is gonna come back and haunt these people.
This is Really Evil Behavior
I think it’s gonna bite them. They may temporarily get away with some of this stuff, but this is evil stuff that they’re doing. This is really evil behavior. They’re just making a mockery of the way this country was founded, making a mockery of the Constitution, laughing at spending taxpayer money on their own health care or on vacation trips to the Caribbean with prostitutes and whores that they’re hiring. And it gets known, they get caught and they don’t care. They just keep doing it.
Charlie Rangel doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s living a lifestyle of somebody who makes 10 times what he earns, and he gets away with it. There’s no problem whatsoever. And if you call him on it, you’re a racist. And I’m just telling you know, I sit here, the first half hour of this program, if you just look at it in a self-contained way, it’s depressing as hell. The filibuster alone, 45 Republican votes now don’t matter, and the people who elected those 45 have no voice. This is not Venezuela. It’s still the United States of America.
Now, the cut-and-dried, dispassionate way of telling you that, it sounds desperate, it sounds horrible, what are we gonna do? Especially when we have a party that’s unwilling to fight back. We have a party that seems more interested in wiping out its own base than taking out their real enemy. But I still think — and it’s not blind faith. It’s actually faith in the majority of people in the country. I still have that. I know we’re plagued by a bunch of ignorant low-information people that the Democrat Party have created and continue to cultivate. I understand all that and I know the media is what it is. I know all that. I just have — call it naivete — I have this sense that justice happens at some point. It all evens out.
They’re going to pay for this, and I don’t know how, and it may not even be in my lifetime, but they’re not going to get away with this. They are the majority, they changed the rules whenever they want? There aren’t any rules. That can’t go on. I mean, the country can’t survive as it is. The Senate cannot function.
When there are no rules whenever whatever Barack Obama and Harry Reid want ’em to be day to day. You look at public opinion, Democrats are not overwhelmingly popular. This country’s not in love with these people. Obamacare’s hated. Obamacare’s despised. Obama himself, the bloom is off that rose.
He is not the messiah any longer. He is now your standard, ordinary, everyday politician who lies, who breaks promises, who’s in it for himself, who can’t do anything on his own. He’s not qualified. All of this is becoming known, sadly, too late. The media has not been able to protect him from this, ultimately. They did for a number of years, but this is my point. For five years, Obama was able to keep the truth about himself hidden. It’s now out there.
Despite the media, despite every cover-up effort that they have engaged in, despite every ounce of energy they have expended to portray Obama as a messiah, the truth has surfaced. I understand the linkage that leftists have to the Democrat Party and how they hate us and so forth. I understand all of that, and I know that it’s gonna sound… Because a lot of people on our side are fatalists and a lot of people on our side are trying to make money off the fatalism, to tell you the truth — which is not uncommon, by the way.
People that have financial newsletters will tell you that their subscriptions skyrocket the more they predict a crash. So there are a lot of people wrapped up in negativity and trying to profit from it. I understand all that, and there are a lot of people who have given up, and there are a lot of people who think there’s no recovering from this, and that may be. I am just telling you that I have faith. I can’t even tell you why I’ve got the faith, other than I have faith in the country. I have faith in the people that live here.
I have faith in the people who actually make this country work — and in my life, in a personal sense, people who have behaved in reprehensible ways have always gotten theirs. At some point, somehow. Not that I ever had anything to do with it. It just happens. Now, bad things happen to good people, too. I don’t want, in any way here, to be thought naive. But I have faith, folks. I have faith in this. This is so evil and reprehensible, what is happening here, and there’s not ultimately going to be a reward for it.
Just mark my words. People engaging in all this are going to pay a massive price someday. I don’t know how or when, but I know human nature — and I also know that no matter what they do, the left, and no matter how much they win, they’re never going to be happy. They’re never satisfied. They could get everything in the world they want and they would not be happy. If they were able to totally exterminate every single person who opposed them, they still wouldn’t be happy. They’re not capable of it. They’ll never be satisfied.
CALLER: I wonder how much of that is even being helped by, you know, Colonel Allen West and Dr. Carson in not being afraid to speak out, either. I mean, perhaps, you know, having eloquent gentlemen like them speaking out against it, and the race card really can’t be pulled on them, although they try —
RUSH: Oh, but it is.
CALLER: — to encourage people. I know. They keep getting called racists as well. But neither one —
RUSH: No. They’re called Uncle Toms and traitors and — —
RUSH: — the IRS was sicked on Dr. Carson.
CALLER: Oh, absolutely, I heard that.
RUSH: And they took Allen West out. They’ve found some way to get him out of office.
CALLER: But these two gentlemen still have the strength of character to not be afraid. They still stand up every day. I’m so encouraged by their courage that it helps me to get up every day just to hear that —
RUSH: Oh, okay, I misunderstood what you were saying. I thought you were asking them to speak up.
CALLER: No, they do, and I think that is courageous.
RUSH: It is. There’s no question. But a lot of people have been speaking up for five years, not many, but a lot of people have, and look what happens to ’em.
CALLER: I know. I know. But every day more and more folks are standing up and I think now that even Hollywood is starting to get on ’em a little bit. Keep doing what you do, Rush, because perhaps the tide is beginning it turn.
RUSH: Well, it’s like I said earlier. And I know this sounds kind of dissatisfying and empty because I can’t provide any specifics, and I admit that this is rooted in faith. I have no problem admitting that. I’m gonna sound like a first-grader in civics class here, folks, but I really do,