Tell Your Senator to Keep His Promises


John R. Houk

© August 12, 2017

 

In full disclosure, I left the Republican Party after Mitt Romney proved he couldn’t stand up to the lies of Barack Hussein Obama in the 2012 election cycle. Since those days I have registered as an Independent. It’s true that I continue to vote GOP, because in my State most Republican candidates are Conservative.

 

As an Independent I keep my eyes open for a new Political Party to knock out the GOP much like the Republican Party replaced the Whig Party and eventually elected Abraham Lincoln as its first Party President in 1860.

 

The only way for a Political Party to replace the GOP is for Conservative Republican Congressional members to abandon the Republican Party. Until that day, any Political Party formed to attract Conservative voters will be considered also-ran Third Party political hacks with no national coalition to make a difference.

 

Now after my full disclosure, I want to share an American Family Association (AFA) email alert that shows 30 Republican Senators joining the Democrats to keep an obsolete Senate rule (as in not in the Constitution) that forces 60 votes to end a filibuster.

 

As a political in the Senate the GOP is the Majority Party with 52 members. But each time the Dems want to obstruct the Trump they pull a filibuster which they know can’t be stopped by 52 votes. Now it has become worse for the President’s agenda to make America great again because there are THIRTY Republican Senators that refuse to reform the 60-vote rule by changing it to a simple majority.

 

30 GOP Senators Supporting Dems – Photo from AFA email alert

 

If you are a Conservative voter that has become fed-up with a Congress that is opposing President Trump at every turn, examine the photo of 30 to discover if your Senator is amongst them. If your Senator is there Google their contact info and write, phone or both to express your displeasure. If they respond with a form letter or email trying to push some political hocus pocus about Senatorial tradition in their rules. Former Dem Majority Leader didn’t hesitate to suspend the 60-vote threshold when they rammed Obama agenda legislation down Conservative throats.

 

It’s time to toss out the 60-vote rule in favor of majority rule except for where the Constitution specifically calls for a super-majority.

 

For your convenience, the AFA has provided a method to contact your Senator even giving you the text to work from:

 

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30 Senate Republicans defending Democratic Obstruction

 

By Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

 

Sent August 10, 2017

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The U.S. Senate has a 52 Republican majority that can get a conservative agenda through the Senate, but 30 of these Senators have declared they support the obstruction of Democrats. These 30 establishment Republican senators oppose putting an end to the ongoing obstruction of Democrat’s legislative filibuster. As U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently said, “It is time for America to abolish the 60-vote Senate rule” to end the filibuster.

Urge your senators to end Democratic obstruction and end the legislative filibuster.

In fact, they signed on to a letter authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), stating they are “opposing any effort to curtail the existing rights and prerogatives (including the 60 rule vote to end the Democrat filibuster) of Senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we (the Senate) consider legislation before the body in the future.” Sen. McConnell agrees with them.

Regarding the letter, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) noted that “Democrats want the Senate to work, and we are willing to partner with our colleagues across the aisle if we can get things done for the American people. We have a long way to go to heal the wounds between our two parties, but this letter is a small first step towards that important goal.” (Emphasis added.)

These 30 Senate Republicans, by refusing to stop the Democratic filibuster, want to allow the ongoing obstruction of Democrats in the name of “healing.” Conservative Republicans know that Democrats will not cross the aisle to help pass a conservative agenda.

Democrats oppose a conservative agenda that includes repealing Obamacare, funding the border wall, defunding sanctuary cities, passing Kate’s Law, defunding Planned Parenthood, and applying the Hyde Amendment to ensure federal tax dollars do not fund abortion.

Senate Democrats have been obstructionists to a conservative agenda. Sen. Coons’ statement that Democrats “are willing to partner with our colleagues (Republicans) across the aisle if we can get things done for the American people” is political posturing and an empty promise to pass conservative legislation. Keeping the filibuster is nothing more than a mechanism for Democrats and liberal Republicans to further capitulate to the left. This is not by accident, but by design.

Tell your senators to end Democratic obstruction and end the legislative filibuster.

 

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Tell Your Senator to Keep His Promises

John R. Houk

© August 12, 2017

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30 Senate Republicans defending Democratic Obstruction

 

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Stand For Liberty


Rand Paul filibuster

Justin Smith utilizes Senator Rand Paul’s recent filibuster as the foundational starting point to write about the Obama Administration’s – with Attorney General Eric Holder as a reference – abuse of the U.S. Constitution.

 

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By Justin O. Smith

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In a fascinating and charismatic stand for Our U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Liberty for all Americans, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) demanded on March 6, 2013 that Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder specifically give clarification regarding the Obama administration’s policy on using unmanned armed aircraft (drones) overseas and on American soil. When Holder gave several ambiguous statements and circled any honest answer pertaining to provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, enacted by Executive Order on 12-31-12, allowing the president to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely and to kill Americans who are deemed terrorists or “enemy combatants,” Senator Paul vowed to block the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA until he received some satisfactory answers (Presidents have long used the word “privelege” in Article I Sec 9 as a tool to ignore habeas corpus). And thus ensued an amazing lesson in government and the U.S. Constitution, as Senator Paul delivered a thirteen hour filibuster!

Twelve other Republicans and one Democrat, Ron Wyden (Oregon) supported Paul during his 13 hour soliloquy, but the bulk of the Republican Party was notably and unfortunately missing in action during this intense, momentous and historic moment, which prompted Senator Paul’s observation, “If there were an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by other senators… saying they will not tolerate this.” So, in stark contrast Senator Rand Paul struck a blow for all Americans and Liberty, as Republican-in-name-only Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) office would not divulge his whereabouts during the filibuster; and, RHINO Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who had dinner with Obama and eleven others during the filibuster, gushed like a teenage girl over the attention they received, as they were groomed to once more betray their constituency and the American people regarding upcoming financial matters.

Senators Graham (R-SC) and McCain (R-AZ) suggested that Senator Paul was doing “a disservice to Americans by making them think that somehow they’re in danger from their government.” As McCain added, “They’re not. But we are in danger from a dedicated longstanding, easily replaceable-leadership enemy that is hell bent on our destruction,” I thought that statement was fairly applicable to Obama and the Progressive Democrats as much as it was to Al Qaeda.

Remember that Holder has been undermining the U.S. legal system for a long time. The Holder Justice Department has prosecuted U.S. agents unfairly due to previously approved methods of interrogating terrorists, who have no standing under the U.S. Constitution (parallels “piracy”) or the Geneva Convention. Holder himself has represented Al Qaeda terrorists pro bono during his time with the law firm of Covington and Burling. He has unconstitutionally overseen the military trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Mohammed; now, he once again has conferred Constitutional rights on a terrorist/enemy combatant where none should exist and, in fact, do not exist in the case of Sulaiman Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and chief propagandist for Al Qaeda. And this is the man we are supposed to trust when he states that “no intention” exists to use drone strikes in America… the very same Eric Holder who ignored due process in the international child custody case of Elian Gonzalez.

Due process of the law has been integral to the American way since George Mason and others penned the Bill of Rights, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) pointedly stated, “The question of whether the United States government can kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil when that individual does not pose an imminent threat or grievous bodily harm is a fundamental issue of Liberty. It is an issue of enforcing the explicit language of Our Constitution.” It is within this context that all Americans must take pause and object to Holder’s reluctance and hesitancy to offer an unequivocal and certain, “No…the president does not have the authority to kill a U.S. citizen on American soil who is not engaged in combat,” as he eventually did on March 7, after a month and a half of pressure from Congress!

This controversy largely arose over the Obama refusal to allow Congress to see the legal opinions that authorize drone strikes, although regular reports have been made to the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Forces Committees. The critical question centers on Congressional oversight of a covert war against suspected terrorists, as Obama has grabbed too much power and violated the U.S. Constitution in his so-called “efforts to keep the nation safe.”

Virginia E. Sloan, the president of the Constitution Project (civil liberties group/DC), stated in February, “We have this drone war, and the American public has no idea what the rules are, and Congress doesn’t know much more… speeches are absolutely no substitute for the actual memos in hand.”

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said: “What Rand Paul had to say about drones absolutely fired up conspiracy theorists on the left as well as the right.” Setting aside conspiracies, a known fact represents reality; and, America’s reality is an Obama administration and Homeland Security who warned of the ranks of potential terrorists being filled by “right wing extremists” and “Christian conservatives.”

Attorney General Holder has not told us the criteria used to mark a person as an enemy combatant. He also did not back off his contention that the president has the authority to pursue military action inside the U.S. in extraordinary circumstances, which is currently and technically correct; however, this also requires numerous signatures from the other branches of government, and it still gives the impression of flying in the face of Posse Comitatus [NCCR Editor: Read HERE, HERE and HERE]. And it was this assertion that sparked Senator Paul’s filibuster, as he declared, “I have allowed the president to pick his appointees… But I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution.”

One should also note that the U.S. has developed miniature drone listening devices that go unnoticed as they hover over areas, like something out of Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ or Orwell’s ‘1984’. That’s well and good if they’re hovering over a terrorist camp, but do we really want to use this in America? … Embrace Big Brother… And even if we do, shouldn’t we still demand the application of the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments?

Over the course of the filibuster several senators, such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, attempted to lessen the strain of the effort on Senator Paul by asking questions and speaking themselves. Cruz read passages from ‘Henry V’ and lines from the movie ‘Patton’. At one point, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), who struggles with a cane due to a stroke, delivered hot tea and an apple to Paul’s desk, but a doorkeeper removed them; not to be outdone, House Republican Louie Gohmert from Texas stood off to the side of the Senate floor in a show of support.

One person can make a difference when they stand up for a righteous cause, and no one should take any U.S. President’s word, especially this one’s, that his administration’s policy in any area remains consistent with our laws and systems of checks and balances, regardless of claims of “transparency”. By offering his resolution stating that the use of unmanned, armed aircraft on U.S. soil against American citizens violates the Constitution and delivering 13 hours of explanation and education, Senator Paul opened the eyes of many Americans, who want a better balance between protecting our security and protecting our Liberty; even CodePink called and thanked him “for standing up against abuses of power.” So, the next time you hear Senator Rand Paul, or anyone, ask “are you so afraid that you are willing to trade your freedom for security,” reply “No!”…and stand up for Liberty!

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Dems – Beware that the Nuclear Option Swings Both Ways


Nuclear Option - Jackass Hypocrisy

John R. Houk

© January 10, 2013

 

Does anyone remember when both Houses of Congress had a GOP majority? Further does anyone remember that the GOP in Senate was so upset with Dem filibustering preventing GOP nominations from making it to a floor vote that the Senate Majority Leader considered the so-called ‘Nuclear Option’ to break the Dem filibuster? AND does anyone recall how the Dems and Leftist pundits went ballistic after the ‘Nuclear Option’ was considered to get something done with an uncooperative Dem minority?

 

The hypocrisy of the Democrats is coming full circle with them contemplating using the Nuclear Option to get their way over the Republicans when it comes to controversial Leftist nominations and Leftist legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attempting to change Senate Rules procedurally to render super majority cloture rules ineffective during a filibuster.

 

In this Congressional Session ending the filibuster via the Nuclear Option only would be effective for the Dems in cases of nomination confirmations. The GOP is still the majority in the House of Representatives. As far as legislation is concerned the Dem Senate can go nuclear all they want because the House can block Senate Dem legislation. BUT when it comes to confirming nominees for those Offices the Senate must approve the Nuclear Option would give President Barack Hussein Obama and the Senate Dems absolute power in shoveling through Obama’s radical Leftist nominations.

 

IF HARRY REID FOLLOWS THROUGH with Nuclear Option procedural changes all I have to say is “What goes around comes around”. A time will come around again when the Republican Party (or hopefully a fully endowed Conservative oriented Political Party) will attain at least a slim majority again in the Senate. Let the Dems cry all they want when that day arrives.

 

Senator Rand Paul is circulating a petition pertaining to Harry Reid’s consideration of the Nuclear Option. SIGN IT!

 

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Harry Reid is Going Nuclear

 

By Rand Paul

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The new Congress convenes on January 22.

And rumors are circulating on Capitol Hill that Harry Reid is scheming to shut up and silence all opposition by using the “nuclear option” to destroy the Senate filibuster.

Should Senator Reid succeed, he’ll be able to RAM Barack Obama’s entire radical agenda into law.

And according to inside counts – he’s only a few votes shy of pulling off this massive power grab.

You and I MUST stop him.

That’s why it’s vital you sign your “Stop the Power Grab” Fax Bomb IMMEDIATELY.

You see, current Senate rules require 67 votes – a two-thirds majority – to shut down debate and change the rules.

And it was designed this way for a reason.

The Senate was intended to be a place where legislation was slowed down.

It was supposed to be the place where amendments were offered, debate was encouraged, and all participated in a process that led to better laws.

But like a bully on the playground, Senator Reid doesn’t give a flip about the rules.

And he believes he has the authority to flat-out ignore the Senate’s parliamentary procedures, long-standing traditions and specific rules in his mad rush for more power.

In short, Senator Reid wants the Majority Party to have the unchecked ability to pass legislation with virtually little to no opposition.

Massive tax hikes. Out-of-control spending. Gun control. Big Labor power grabs. More attacks on our God-given liberties.

We’re talking Harry Reid and Barack Obama having the power to pass anything they can dream up.

Just the thought of it sends shivers down my spine.

That’s why it’s vital you sign your “Stop the Power Grab” Fax Bomb IMMEDIATELY.

Of course, Harry Reid isn’t stupid – he knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows he’s breaking Senate rules if he uses the “nuclear option.”

In fact, back in 2005 Senator Reid correctly argued, “For people to suggest that you can break the rules to change the rules is Un-American.”

The truth is, Senator Reid just doesn’t care.

And he’s willing to destroy the unique characteristics of the Senate simply to get his way.

That’s why it’s vital you sign your “Stop the Power Grab” Fax Bomb IMMEDIATELY.

And if at all possible, along with your signed Fax Bomb, I hope you’ll agree to make a generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50 – or whatever you can afford.

Your generous contribution will help RAND PAC flood the offices of vulnerable, fence-riding U.S. Senators with faxes DEMANDING they vote against Harry Reid’s attempt to use the “nuclear option” to seize total power.

John, I know times are tough, but this is one fight you and I can’t afford to lose.

There’s just too much at stake.

It’s critical you and I defeat Harry Reid’s attempt to seize total control of the U.S. Senate.

So please, sign your “Stop the Power Grab” Fax Bomb, and agree to make your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50 – or whatever you can afford – IMMEDIATELY.

Time is running out to mobilize millions of Americans to this fight.

So please don’t delay. Act NOW!

In Liberty,

 

Senator Rand Paul

P.S. When the new Congress convenes on January 22 – Harry Reid is expected to use the “nuclear option” to seize total control of the U.S. Senate.

Should he succeed, he’ll be able to RAM Barack Obama’s entire radical agenda into law – with little to no opposition.

So please, sign your “Stop the Power Grab” Fax Bomb, and agree to make your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50 – or whatever you can afford – IMMEDIATELY.

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