Skip to comments.DeMint: Over 90 Percent of Bills Passed Secretly With No Debate,without a roll call vote.
Posted on 06/04/2010 10:04:00 AM PDT by day21221
Senator Jim DeMint June 4, 2010
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) voiced concerns that the Senate passes over 90% of legislation without any debate, without amendment, and without a roll call vote. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B751mhY-QE&feature=player_embedded
a package of 34 treaties, all of which were ratified by a show of hands — no recorded vote.
Posted: December 09, 2000
The U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification was ratified by the U.S. Senate on October 18, but few Senators yet know that it has been ratified. Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) introduced a package of 34 treaties, all of which were ratified by a show of hands — no recorded vote.
Initially, Senator Thomas’ office told callers that the Senator had nothing to do with the ratification. On December 8, his office called to explain that Senator Thomas just happened to be on the Senate Floor late in the afternoon of October 18 — and was asked by the leadership to handle procedurally, the package of treaties. Senator Thomas has asked the Foreign Relations Committee to explain how, and why, the Desertification Treaty was included in the package.
At the recent climate change talks in the Hague, Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) said the treaty had not been ratified, until corrected by one of his staff. Phone calls to Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), and other Senators, caught staffers off guard: Nobody knew how their boss voted on the ratification. They could not know — there was no recorded vote.
This treaty was signed by the Clinton administration in 1994. It has been locked up in the Foreign Relations Committee since. Normally, treaties of such monumental importance are debated in committee and then forwarded to the Senate floor for further debate and disposition.
Not this time. The treaty appeared in a package of 34 treaties — most of which were single-issue treaties with single nations, dealing with stolen vehicles, criminals, and the like. The Desertification Treaty, however, is not a single-issue treaty with a single nation.
This treaty is one of several environmental treaties that emerged from the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. One of those treaties, the Convention on Climate Change, was ratified in 1992. The Convention on Biological Diversity failed ratification in 1994. The Convention to Combat Desertification was skillfully maneuvered through the Senate to avoid the public reaction which killed the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The Desertification Treaty claims jurisdiction over 70% of the earth’s land area — virtually all of the land that is not covered by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Moreover, this new treaty creates a structure through which all other environmental treaties are supposed to be integrated under a common United Nations implementation regime. A companion treaty is now being developed by the U.N. Commission on Water for the 21st Century. The United Nations is, in fact, creating the structure in international law and, through its extensive bureaucracies, to control the use of all natural resources on earth.
The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty on October 18, 2000 — whether or not it knew what it was doing. On November 17, the Clinton administration delivered the ratification documents to the United Nations. The United States is now bound by the international law that claims the power to dictate land use in 70% of the earth’s land.
The name of the treaty implies that it is concerned about deserts — in fact, it is concerned about all land use. To combat desertification, the treaty seeks to prevent land use that its enforcers think may lead to desertification. Converting forests to pasture, for example, or pasture to row crops, or crop land to subdivisions, are all uses that may lead to desertification, according to literature produced by the United Nations.
There is no distinction between federal land and privately owned land when it comes to land use under the jurisdiction of the U.N. The U.N. sees its role to be the establishment of policy — it is up to the participating nations to see that the policy is implemented. The recent rash of land acquisition measures promoted by the administration and Congress seeks to get more land under federal ownership. The vast expansion of regulatory control over land use by all federal agencies makes it easier for the United States to comply with its international obligations under a variety of international treaties. This new treaty extends even further the U.S. obligation to control land use.
According to the treaty itself, no reservations can be included in its ratification (Article 37). The Resolution of Ratification adopted by the Senate contains several reservations — all of which will be ignored by the United Nations.
Withdrawal from the treaty cannot even begin until after three years of participation — and then another year must pass before withdrawal is recognized by the U.N. — assuming, of course, that there is some desire in the Senate to withdraw.
I would love to see a DeMint/Christie or Christie/DeMint ticket and Bachmann land Speaker of the House.
I can dream...
He's one of a handful that I think would do a great job in leading us to the restoration of our country.
What a FINE dream!
Nikki motivating DeMent?
thanks for the TRUTH U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
Well all you have to do Jim, is be on the senate floor and deny unanimous consent. That’s all it takes. Yet none of the senators of either party want to put an end to this ridiculous process.
Have them call the roll, Senator. You can make them. You don’t want to either!
this has happen befor
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
-- Otto von Bismarck
We have seen this Government socialize our education system and make our schools among the worst in the world. We have seen this Government take over most of our health care system, making private insurance less and less affordable. We have seen this Government socialize our energy resources and bring our Nation to its knees by cutting the development of our own oil and natural gas supplies. And now we see this Congress yielding its constitutional obligations to a Federal bureaucracy, giving it the power to control virtually our entire financial system. Americans understand this and they are angry. They are our judge and our jury. They are watching what we are doing, and they will render their verdict based on our actions.
If we were honest with the American people and explained the failures that have led to this financial crisis, we might have the credibility to ask our citizens to allow us to borrow another $700 billion in their name to try to fix this problem. But we are not being honest. This problem was not created by our free enterprise system. It was created by us, the Congress and the Federal Government.
DeMint has some valid and great points.
Wyden tried and end run and was shut down. Good!
These Senators are too busy using the perks of their office to bother showing up for a vote, and even if they do they probably havent read it.
Senator DeMint has been one of the few voices for integrity in Washington.
Why haven’t McCain, Lindsey Graham and the others in leadership positions spoken out about this? Why is it left up to Senator DeMint? It appears that the other Republicans are either asleep at the wheel or complicit in all of this.
listen to all of it
“Why havent McCain, Lindsey Graham and the others in leadership positions spoken out about this? Why is it left up to Senator DeMint? It appears that the other Republicans are either asleep at the wheel or complicit in all of this.”
Well, McCain is too busy campaigning, like he’s been doing for the last 10 years. He didn’t earn the worst attendance/voting record in the Senate for nothin’!
Legislation without representation. That’s despotism.
When do we stand up and declare, “Your writ doesn’t run here?” Adn back it up with force?
what goes around comes around.
Christie - Demint - Palin - Bachmann - Ryan - Cain - Brewer
I agree. Out with the old - in with the new.
New faces. New ideas. New debates. Renewed fervor for freedom, individualism, exceptionalism, patriotism. Let’s talk about flat taxes, fair taxes, abolishing the IRS, abolishing the education department, preserving our fundamental freedoms and the Bill of Rights. Let’s have that national conversation. Let’s change the media template of controlling phony debates and circular conversations designed to keep Americans fighting with each other.
If the Republicans run McCain, Romney, and Ron Paul I am staying home. Leave the moth balls at home.
The biggest affront to our liberties is Versailles on the Potomac. And among the worst abuses is the “unanimous consent” rule. The lords and ladies of the court find it unthinkable to object lest they would have to READ something to know what it is they are voting on.
After all, why bother knowing anything when the ultimate goal is to control us and strip our liberties away. And we, the stupid, keep selecting they, the ignorant, to perform unnatural acts on us.
Hopefully he hasn’t cheated on his wife or tried to pick up boys.
Then DeMint should publish all pieces of legislation that have been passed without a debate. Let him bring it out in the open.
All those establishment GOP senators supposedly object to DeMint’s ‘grandstanding’—as in they’d prefer he’d just keep quiet and go along with business as usual.
the coup continues...
Actually there were not ratified by a “show of hands”. The floor manager at the time would have said something along the lines of “Mr. President (here referring ot the President of the Senate, who in fact is usually a member of the majority party sitting in as acting President pro-tem) I ask for unanimous consent for the passage of the following as referred from committee...(list of bill numbers).” Unless a member vocally objects, the measures are passed.
The senate does not do shows of hands. You have to have your vote physically recorded during a roll call vote or a measure is passed via UC.
Precisely. This is what Bunning did during what was so erroneously referred to as his “filibuster”.
That clip is from 1994...
Ernest Hollings was an old-style democrat.
I wonder what he thinks about his party today.
He’s still living, apparently, at the ripe old age of 88.
They are all available for review to anyone with an internet connection at www.thomas.gov
This is outrageous! I guess I should expect the expose’ on this from the “Nightly News” and a full 60 Minutes report...any decade now.
Unless a member vocally objects, the measures are passed
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BIG TIME complicit.
“Over 90 Percent of Bills Passed Secretly With No Debate, without a roll call vote. “
They are doing this because (a) they control the Congress and Senate and (b) they are crooked sheisters. Did I spell sheister correctly?