JFK Must Be Rolling In His Grave!
Harry Reid and his fellow democrats in the Senate, took another major step in changing America, by changing the rules of the United States Senate.Â In what many are calling the nuclear option, Reid and his democrat cronies, decided it was more important to get the President what he wants, even if it means changing the rules.
In 2005, when the Republicans wanted to do this same rule change the following democrats spoke against it.Â These quotes are found atÂ Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/21/Harry-Reid-Hillary-Clinton-Barack-Obama-Joe-Biden-all-opposed-Reid-s-Senate-nuclear-option-eight-years-ago
On April 13, 2005, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) stood up on the Senate floor to oppose efforts to invoke the so-called “nuclear option”–the same strategy that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid implemented on Thursday.
â€œMr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications of what has been called the nuclear option and what effect that might have on this Chamber and on this country,â€ Obama said. â€œI urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate.â€
Then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) said his vote against the nuclear option was the â€œsingle most significant voteâ€ cast in his 32 years in the U.S. Senate.
â€œMr. President, my friends and colleagues, I have not been here as long as Senator Byrd, and no one fully understands the Senate as well as Senator Byrd, but I have been here for over three decades,â€ Biden said on May 23, 2005, on the Senate floor.
This is the single most significant vote any one of us will cast in my 32 years in the Senate. I suspect the Senator would agree with that. We should make no mistake. This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party, propelled by its extreme right and designed to change the reading of the Constitution, particularly as it relates to individual rights and property rights. It is nothing more or nothing less.
Biden added at the time that what Reid has now done was a â€œnaked power grabâ€ and that he â€œpray[s] God when Democrats take back control [of the Senate]â€ they wouldnâ€™t invoke the nuclear option.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke out against the nuclear option on May 23, 2005 in the U.S. Senate, when she said to â€œmaintain the integrityâ€ of the body, the Senate should not do what Reid is now doing.
â€œAnd I just had to hope that maybe between now and the time we have this vote there would be enough Senators who will say: Mr. President, no. We are sorry, we cannot go there,â€ Clinton said on the Senate floor. â€œWe are going to remember our Founders. We are going to remember what made this country great. We are going to maintain the integrity of the U.S. Senate.â€
Finally, on May 18, 2005, even Harry Reid spoke out against the very tactic that he has now enacted.
â€œThe filibuster is not a scheme and it certainly isn’t new. The filibuster is far from a procedural gimmick,â€ Reid said at the time.
It’s part of the fabric of this institution we call the Senate. It was well-known in colonial legislatures before we became a country, and it’s an integral part of our country’s 214-year history. The first filibuster in the United States Congress happened in 1790. It was used by lawmakers from Virginia and South Carolina who were trying to prevent Philadelphia from hosting the first Congress. Since then, the filibuster has been employed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times. It’s been employed on legislative matters, it’s been employed on procedural matters relating to the president’s nominations for Cabinet and sub-Cabinet posts, and it’s been used on judges for all those years. One scholar estimates that 20 percent of the judges nominated by presidents have fallen by the wayside, most of them as a result of filibusters. Senators have used the filibuster to stand up to popular presidents, to block legislation, and, yes, even, as I’ve stated, to stall executive nominees. The roots of the filibuster are found in the Constitution and in our own rules.
Now to make matters even worse, the Democrats had a deal with the Republicans which they had made in July 2013 regarding fillibusters for executive appointees and most judicial nominees.
Again a quote from BreitbartÂ http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/21/Democrats-Reneged-on-July-Deal-to-Save-Filibuster
“Senate Democrats reneged on the terms of a July deal to save the filibuster when they passed new rules on Thursday that would permit executive appointees and most judicial nominees to be approved by a simple majority. Under the terms of that deal, Republicans agreed to allow a vote on some of President Barack Obama’s most controversial executive nominees in exchange for preserving the filibuster for the future.
Now after this historic measure was taken, President Obama came out in praise of the rule change.Â This move would be surprising for a former Senator who on the senate floor in 2005 said the following “Nuclear Option Will Increase “Fighting” And “Bitterness“Â Watch this video to hear President Obama speak about how terrible the nuclear option isÂ Â Â Â http://youtu.be/1GhSKywjnqc.Â But as we all know too well, the President changes what he feels is right depending on his need.Â Harry Reid and Senate democrats can no longer be depended upon to follow through on any deals or promises.
Thursdayâ€™s vote â€œopens a Pandora’s Box to further changes in the rulesâ€ on a range of issues said Jim Manley, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. FromÂ NBCNEWS )
Once again any kind of trust the American people could have in the democrats, has gone out the window.Â I am certain that JFK is rolling in his grave.
I am Chuck Pithy and I tell it like it isÂ !!!