As are many others, I am disappointed in the recent behavior by these notorious seven Republican Senators — now known as the Senate RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) as to the recent “deal” that was “struck” (odd negations of terms there and proving this day to be appropriate, please read on, scroll to the conclusion of this thread) to avert the nuclear option and allow votes on judicial nominees — but mostly disappointed in the Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). It’s one thing to be disappointed in Democrats in the Senate (anticipated, actually) and a tad more shocking when you find disappointment in Republicans who aid and assist Democrats by way of maligning their Republican constituents’ opinions (and soon thereafter, reflected in loss of Republican voter support), but with Reid, he’s crossed over into the territory of the liar (still not as shocking as the seven RINOs, however).
Reid as irreverent because I could barely believe the vehemence and force he applied to outrageous lies and wrongful accusations:
“…Abuse of power will not be tolerated, and attempts to trample the Constitution and grab absolute control are over…”
“…Checks and balances in our government have been preserved…”
It’s yet another case, but quite a case, of a liar labelling the light that identifies them as being dark, as their culling bravado as being grand. Grand larceny, perhaps, grand deceit more to the point, grand only in terms of gross — that’s the Harry Reid turnaround of sense, striking nonsense in a soft embrace and carrying it all the way home with him.
The Senate is an elected legislative body and the concept of “checks and balances”, as Reid distorts in his suggestion there, that statement, is academically inaccurate, much less an indication that Reid doesn’t understand high school civics: the Legislative (House and Senate) is one body, the Executive (Presidency) is another, and the Judiciary is the third, and, the Legislative applies “checks and balances” against the Executive and/or the Judiciary. One does not “check and balance” within your own branch, not in the United States. Reid confuses self righteous presumption with some sort of official business and vice-versa because he’s otherwise talking complete nonsense, however much grandiosity he applied.
As for the “abuse of power” not being “tolerated,” and “attempts to trample the Constitution,” it’s Constitutionally provided that nominees to the Judiciary are to receive a vote in the Senate, something Reid and his have been working to “trample” with a great big passion. And still are trying to do and that is prevent the Constitutional process from engaging, and to, in effect, ensure that the Judiciary becomes (remains, perhaps is more accurate) the “ruling” venue for Democrats to effect, shape and modify American government to suit their purposes, and by means of by-passing a voting process to do so. When you can legislate from the bench, you legislate and that’s Reid’s and most Democrat’s desire and intention for to shape and continue shaping the Judiciary.
Otherwise, allow nominees to the Judiciary their Constitutionally provided vote. Reid calls that offensive, calls that “abuse of power” and the like while abusing truth, our Constitution and the American way in the process.
Here is a reminded of what former President Thomas Jefferson warned against, applicable today as never before:
“…Judge-made constitutional law is the product of judicial review — the power of judges to disallow policy choices made by other officials of government, supposedly on the ground that they are prohibited by the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson warned that judges, always eager to expand their own jurisdiction, would ‘twist and shape’ the Constitution ‘as an artist shapes a ball of wax.’ This is exactly what has happened…” (“Death by ‘Due Process'” from the OpinionJournal.)
But, all is not lost.
More current interpretative opinion and some excellent facts as to developments ongoing can be read here: “Frist: IT AIN’T OVER YET” by Rush Limbaugh (complain if you want, but Limbaugh makes a finely astute series of observations and comments here): “the Constitutional option is still on the table,” according to Senator Bill Frist.
About THE INSIGNIFICANT SEVEN — the Senate RINOs — here they are by name with their Washington, D.C. office telephone numbers. There are links provided to their individual Senate websites and there are contact forms available on all of those sites, as follows:
Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island
Susan Collins, Maine
Olympia Snowe, Maine
John McCain, Arizona
John Warner, Virginia
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Mike Dewine, Ohio