Donnerstag, Januar 08, 2009

True Colors...

The House Democrats are showing their true colors: the colors of people who don't want discussion and debate, who don't want to hear from anyone dissenting, who are more than happy to true to bitch-slap the Republicans in the House.

So much for working on a bi-partisan basis. This is an ugly power grab, nothing less.

What's involved?

Let's quote the Republican Minority's letter to Madam Pelosi:

President Obama has pledged to lead a government that is open and transparent. With that in mind, we are deeply troubled by media reports indicating that the Democratic leadership is poised to repeal reforms put in place in 1995 that were intended to help restore Americans' trust and confidence in the People's House. Specifically, these reports note that the Majority, as part of its rules package governing the new Congress, will end six-year term limits for Committee chairs and further restrict the opportunity for all members to offer alternative legislation. This does not represent change; it is reverting back to the undemocratic one-party rule and backroom deals that the American people rejected more than a decade ago. And it has grave implications for the American people and their freedom, coming at a time when an unprecedented expansion of federal power and spending is being hastily planned by a single party behind closed doors. Republicans will vigorously oppose repealing these reforms if they are brought to a vote on the House floor.

This is the true face of the Democratic Party, it seems. One-party rule, backroom deals, and opportunities galore. For corruption, that is.

The American people also stand to pay a price if the Majority further shuts down free and open debate on the House floor by refusing to allow all members the opportunity to offer substantive alternatives to important legislation -- the same opportunities that Republicans guaranteed to Democrats as motions to recommit during their 12 years in the Minority. The Majority's record in the last Congress was the worst in history when it came to having a free and open debate on the issues.

The Democratic Party is more terrified of actually having to discuss their political plans, it seems, and desperately wants to relegate the House Republicans to the sidelines in order to force their agenda through Congress with as little interference as possible.

They can do it. To the victor belongs the spoils.

But there's no need to pretend any further: the Democratic Party has turned extremely anti-democratic and doesn't want to work with the Republicans. They apparently seriously believe that they have a mandate for "change" and fuck those who are in their way: they also know, deep in what is left of their souls, that this is their one and only chance to put forward their bankrupt agenda.

Watch for late-night legislature sessions, watch for strange legislation pushed through quickly and with no dissent allowed. The Democratic Party is apparently afraid that those who voted for them will actually wake up and start paying attention.

And they're right. No debate, no minority consultation or moderation, no observers. This is the subversion of the legislative process.

But the Democrats don't care, and are throwing out rules that helped them enormously when they were in the minority.

Stupid Republicans, I guess: willing to be bipartisan when that really meant giving in to the Democrats; willing to respect the need for allowing minorities a say; willing to work together.

Fool me once: shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Let's hope that this becomes an object lesson for future generations on what not to do when you're in power. So much for the Pelosi promise of the most honest, open and ethical Congress in history. Yet another Big Lie. True colors...

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