SOLO-International: Depose the Despots Now!
SOLO-International: Depose the Despots Now! March
I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate. What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don't, if they vote against it, then they're going to be voting against health care reform, and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge.
—Barack Obama to Fox News' Brett Baier
March 20, 2010
With those words, President Obama should be deemed to have signed his presidency's death warrant, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo. The meaning of those words is: "To hell with the Constitution—the Constitution I am sworn to uphold. ObamaCare is so important it should be passed by any means possible, including the sleight-of-hand by which I am now trying to pass it. The hell with these mere 'procedural rules' which our founders so meticulously devised. My place in history is at stake."
"The Obama plan was already unconstitutional in mandating the purchase by individuals of health insurance," says Perigo. "What's also been clear from the get-go is that there's no constitutional warrant for nationalizing health care. But this current outrage which would allow the House to accept the despised Senate health care bill by presumption alone, thus obviating a formal up-or-down vote by House members, is as overt an assault on the Constitution as one will ever see.
"Appropriately, this procedure is being called 'The Slaughter Solution' after Representative Louise Slaughter who advanced it," Perigo notes. "The rule she claims to be invoking is equally deliciously known as the 'self-executing rule.' Unfortunately, and typically, Republicans have acquiesced to its use in the past, though on matters mundane rather than momentous, so are characteristically impeded by the mote in their own eyes.
"What is being slaughtered here is the Constitution. What should be slaughtered are the careers of all politicians who are supporting that massacre. President Obama in particular should forcibly be made to remove his feet from the Oval Office desk and his body from the White House. When those feet haven't been arrogantly placed on the furniture, they've been trampling on the founding documents of what was once the greatest and freest country on earth.
"In Federalist No. 33 Alexander Hamilton states, 'If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.'
"The Declaration of Independence says, '... when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them [the people] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.'
"It should be obvious to the American people what they are entitled to throw off this Government. It should also be obvious to the American people that if Obama's and Pelosi's diabolical plan succeeds this weekend, they're entitled not to wait until this year's elections, though prudence may well justify doing so.
"Tragically, the evidence suggests that too few Americans, in this Age of the American Airhead that 'Progressives' have so successfully contrived, understand their country's founding principles, and the once-mighty bastion of freedom and capitalism may well be sliding irreversibly into tyranny and socialism," Perigo concludes.