Skip to comments.Anti-gun Advocates In Senate Seek Rules Changes
Posted on 01/04/2011 5:08:18 PM PST by FromLori
Make no mistake about it: Procedure is power.
The reason we are not stuck with bans on semi-autos, gun shows and ammunition is because the U.S. Senate is structured so that whatever party is in the minority still retains procedural power to protect the rights of the citizenry against the "tyranny of the majority."
But on January 5, 2011, at the beginning of the new Congress, Senate Democrats are hatching a plan to decimate long-standing Senate rules in order to remove those protections.
The linchpin of the plan would be a ruling by Senate President Joe Biden that the Senate is not a "continuing body" and therefore has NO rules -- other than whatever 53 Democrats and Independents might unilaterally adopt.
At the core of their efforts will be an attempt to abolish the "hold letter" -- at least as it currently exists. Pro-gun senators have used "hold letters" in the past to kill proposed gun show bans, semi-auto bans, ammunition bans, gun licensing requirements, registration lists -- any number of anti-freedom initiatives.
Basically, a hold letter allows a single Senator to slow down movement on unconstitutional legislation, so that it can't be rammed through before the American people can voice their concerns.
Gun banners may also try to reduce the number of senators required to shut off filibusters of anti-gun measures. And they will do this in the expectation that the Second Amendment community has been preoccupied during the holidays and, thus, won't mobilize in time to stop the plan.
Again, procedure is power. The rules that currently exist in the Senate have been designed to slow down unconstitutional legislation -- and this is in keeping with our concept of checks and balances. Thus, not all rules changes are automatically bad, since anything that slows down the galloping herd
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In other words, they’re setting things up so that when we gain power we can hold it forever. Sweet. / s
They do seem to have a problem with that pesky old “What goes around, comes around” thing ;-)
In other words, theyre setting things up so that when we gain power we can
” Make Them Disappear”
I agree. It is not a continuing body. shut it down and turn off the lights. we would all be better off if there was no legislation at all coming out of the senate for the next 10 years.
The day guns are outlawed is the day I become a criminal. Simple as that.
Yes. That is exactly their strategy. Paraphrasing Ayn Rand, if there are not enough criminals, we make them.
If you have to be a criminal to exercise your second amendment rights, over generations, the number of second amendment advocates becomes politically insignificant. That is the way it went down in England.
We fight now, and win (we are winning). It is far better than waiting for guns to be outlawed, and then burying them.
Your posting shows that you are already fighting. Again, We are winning. Let us keep it that way!
“They do seem to have a problem with that pesky old ?What goes around, comes around? thing ;-)”
Actually they don’t because the feckless fGOP is so pathetic that it never happens. Witness Boehner (sp? who cares) already talking about “sharing power” with the demscum Reps and “reaching across the aisle.”
I hadn’t heard that, but I don’t doubt it.
“Oh Steward, I think that there’s some more deckchairs over there that haven’t been rearranged yet” ;-)
Molon lave, mofos.
Yeah... uh huh...dats wut I'm talkin’ ‘bout!
Oh, no no no -- I disagree! So many 'Rat laws to repeal, or just gut and leave bleeding and whimpering on the ground to die. In the rain.
editor is yer FRiend...8^}
That might be true, but you have to remember that you're dealing with the stupid party here. Pubs have an overwhelming majority in the house right now, so of course, they are talking about making the minority more powerful.
I would predict that the instant the pubs gained control of the senate, they'd change the rules back so as to screw themselves (and us) as much as possible.
We’re ALL criminals in their eyes.
F**k ‘em. Molon Labe.
“...and then USING them...”
The thought that THAT thought gives the other side nightmares and makes them sweat in their frilly pink panties makes me smile...
In fact, it positively makes me BEAM...
glad to make ya smile, and the commies to wet their collective panties...
What they have a problem with is principles...when they are out of power they will squeal about how distasteful it is to disenfranchise those represented by the minority. That's the beauty of being a liberal, the door always swings both ways and no one is ever held to any standards.