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Lawlessness on the left

The so-called “Slaughter Rule” that’s been in the news is an act of anarchy being threatened by Democrats in the Congress.  That angers but does not surprise me.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Secular Man lurches back and forth between anarchy and tyranny depending on whether the object in view is something he wants.  In the case of ObamaCare®, he is grasping for tyranny and using lawlessness to get it.

The Slaughter Rule, named for the Democrat who is head of the House Rules Committee, will allow the ObamaCare® bill to be “deemed” to have been passed even if the members of the House of Representatives never actually vote on it.  This directly, flagrantly violates the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, section 7.  This section is something of an oddity because the Constitution typically addresses high level information and doesn’t delve into process details.  And yet here’s a magnificent exception.  The quote below is a mite lengthy, but here’s what the U.S. Constitution says about how a bill becomes law:

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

So there it is.  A bill “shall not be a law” unless both houses of the Congress vote on it and the names of the persons for and against it are recorded. Thankfully, the Constitution does not prescribe a lot of bureaucratic processes.  But it does describe this one.  The purpose of doing so is to leave no doubt in anybody’s mind about what the law is and who voted for it.  Anything that hasn’t passed through this process is not a law.  The process was created to ensure there would never be taxation without representation.  Democrats obviously don’t (yet) have the votes to get ObamaCare® passed on a straight up-or-down vote, so they are thinking of resorting to this.  It is lawless.  It is an act of anarchy.

The Democrats in Congress certainly know what the Constitution says about this.  Even if they didn’t before, conservative radio, bloggers, massive phone jams, and e-mails have relieved their ignorance by now.  The question before us is whether they will trounce the Constitution while we’re watching.  It’s hard to know the outcome at this point, but clearly a large proportion of them are willing to do it.

Since leftists are mostly secular people, they are blind to the importance of forms, templates, patterns.  If the Constitution gets in their way, they just walk over it.  “No big deal.  See here?  Watch me.”  If they can get away with doing this on the biggest piece of legislation in the recent history of the country, then there is effectively no Constitution at all.  Hereafter, they can and will do as they please on everything else they wish for, because if the plain words of the Constitution don’t stop them, there will be no law that can stop them. 

Like I said yesterday, everything runs to extremes for them because they have no functional awareness of the great forms that undergird our civilization.  In this case, they are carrying out a lawless scheme in order to establish a major piece of the tyranny that leftists have long desired.  As Mark Levin recently said, there is something about representative government that is repugnant to the left.  We’ll know by the end of the week just how far they’re willing to go to consolidate their hold on power.  And if things go badly for Constitutional rule, we’ll have to begin pondering what to do about it.


  1. Steve, this is an excellent post; I hope you’ve also sent it to your local & state newspaper for publishing.

    “Since leftists are mostly secular people, they are blind to the importance of forms, templates, patterns. If the Constitution gets in their way, they just walk over it. “No big deal. See here? Watch me.”

    …my phrase is ” those folks livin’ in a fishbowl” ~ people who haven’t one iota of the foundation that supports them, and what’s worse, are completely apathetic toward it.

    Posted on 18-Mar-10 at 13:40 pm | Permalink
  2. P.S… did you read this? – hope the link works…

    Posted on 18-Mar-10 at 13:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Amy, I was aware of the movement to sue the feds over this. It won’t be the states only, but also various private foundations. The suits will be over the “deem and pass” methods as well as whether the feds have the authority tp order everyone to buy something like health insurance. The Dems don’t care. They crave power, and whatever it takes to get it… well, they will do what it takes when the lawsuits come. If the suits take long enough, the health care take-over will be a fait accompli no matter what the courts say. And that may well be their angle.

    Posted on 19-Mar-10 at 10:59 am | Permalink

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