What he said

March 1st, 2011

From an opinion piece in the Detroit News:

The lawmakers in exile call this a defense of democracy. In truth, viagra generic it’s a step toward anarchy. If it catches on as a practice, viagra sales site it will officially end government by, of and for the people.

It’s part of a disturbing trend by Democrats to embrace a by-any-means-necessary approach to governing. We saw it during passage of Obamacare, when the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate blew up the rules to block a filibuster. In Massachusetts, Democrats used after-the-fact law changes in a failed attempt to keep a Republican from succeeding Ted Kennedy.

Obama trashed bankruptcy law to move the United Auto Workers ahead of General Motors’ and Chrysler’s secured creditors. And his regulatory agencies are bypassing Congress to enact policies he knows the elected representatives would never approve.

The strategy exposes the arrogant liberal conviction that they are justified in imposing their will on the people, because only they know what’s best for America.

These Democrats in Indiana and Wisconsin merit universal condemnation.

What they are saying is that the people no longer have the right to use the ballot box to decide the direction of their government.

That’s a rule change our system can’t survive.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  March 1st, 2011 at 10:52 am

    In general I agree, but find this line interesting:

    “We saw it during passage of Obamacare, when the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate blew up the rules to block a filibuster.”

    Isn’t the filibuster really just another form of what the Democrats are doing now? Its a way for the minority to block the will of the majority. The Wisconsin Senate has no filibuster, but it does have a quorum call, which it is using in the same way as a filibuster.

    What’s funny about the filibuster in particular is that people’s opinion of it generally changes depending on who is in charge. When Democrats are using it, Republicans complain, and vice versa when Republicans are using it.

    Granted, this quorum call filibustering is more extreme in my eye because there is no real “tradition” of using it to block a bill, but it is certainly not unprecedented in our Democratic process.

    What is most troubling in all of this, is our penchant in the last couple of decades to replace laws that are certain with ones that require “case by case analysis” by regulators or a commission… in essence replacing the rule of law with the whims of a politician.

  • 2. John Foust  |  March 1st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Railroading isn’t good government. I don’t care who is doing it. Where are the principled politicans who advocate that position? You want to propose sweeping changes to decades of law and precedent? Wonderful! Let’s talk about the effects, let’s let everyone affected chime in, let’s listen to each other, let’s listen to the reporters and investigators and private interests. Then and only then can we have a slim chance that our elected will have paid enough attention to make good decisions.

  • 3. TerryN  |  March 1st, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    When you say railroading are you referring to Jim Doyle’s 2009 budget bill, or the supposed high speed train?

  • 4. TerryN  |  March 1st, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    BTW, I can not agree more with this.

    “The lawmakers in exile call this a defense of democracy. In truth, it’s a step toward anarchy. If it catches on as a practice, it will officially end government by, of and for the people.”

  • 5. John Foust  |  March 2nd, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I haven’t seen a statement from the WisGOP that said they’d never flee the state. Do you want to talk about how you think elected officials should behave? There’s more to the process of government than the Constitution.

  • 6. TerryN  |  March 3rd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    “There’s more to the process of government than the Constitution.”

    Yes, like parliamentary rules. I’m not going to research it but I believe running away from your responsibilities, if you think the vote is not going to go your way, is not in the rulebook.

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