Democrats... ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.
It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote... [but o]n December 21, 2009... Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.
Upon examination of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care legislation, Senators discovered section 3403. That section changes the rules of the United States Senate.
To change the rules of the United States Senate, there must be sixty-seven votes.
Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation. The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels... [and] Section 3403 of Senator Reid’s legislation also... sets up a rule to ignore another Senate rule.
In truth -- it's all bad news. What prevents these megalomaniacs from installing similar language in any future "law" to ensure its permanency?
This Democrat Congress has set the Constitution afire. Its has spit upon the Declaration of Independence and urinated on the founder's graves. Could anyone imagine what the framers -- James Madison, specifically -- might say if they were alive today?
Did the states really throw off the yolk of the British crown and its authoritarian, centralized government only to become enslaved to an all-powerful, centralized federal government?
To watch Senators sell their votes for hundreds of millions of dollars of our money, which our children must repay with interest?
To watch an utterly corrupt Democrat leadership pass legislation on Christmas Eve in the hopes that no one will figure out what's actually in a bill that no one's read?
To claim that the bill must be slammed into place because "people are dying every day" -- and then not implement it until 2014 to disguise its true costs?
We are witnessing the rise of, in the words of Mark Levin, a "Soft Tyranny". A Congress hell-bent on ignoring the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution itself.
The list of usurpations seemingly grows by the day. If I may be sold bold as to paraphrase the Declaration:
The history of this Congress is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have refused their Assent to the Highest Law, the Constitution, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have called together legislative bodies at times unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the traditions of American government, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.
They have erected a multitude of New Offices and Agencies, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
They have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For willfully quartering foreign terrorists among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
We are not yet suffering under an absolute tyranny. But this Congress is completely out of control, willing to engage in the most underhanded and unconstitutional machinations ever seen.
These would-be despots must be politically punished in 2010. Every Democrat must be defeated.
And if there's any climate change occurring, it's because the Earth was thrown off its axis by the gyroscopic energy of the founders spinning in their graves.