OK...so...it's now day two since Ried and Pelosi announced they are going to stick a shiv in the belly of the Republican Party by short circuiting the conference process, holding a closed door re-write of the Senate Health Care Bill which they will trot out in time for Obama's triumphant ascension onto the Speakers Dias for the State of the Union Address.
Of course House Minority Leader Boehner and Senate Minority leader McConnell were out in force defending the right's of the Minority in the House and Senate and the rights of the majority of Americans whom they represent to be heard in this debate. There has been a hue and cry of epic proportions about the crass, dictatorial and undemocratic..er..um...wait...let me try that again... Of course House Minority Leader Boehner and Senate Minority leader McConnell sent out numerous Republicans to communicate the unacceptable nature of Ried's and Pelosi's dictatorial tactics with a message to the millions of Americans who oppose Obamacare as to how the Republican Party plans to wage an insurgent strategy to slow down and ultimately defeat Obamacare while protecting the rights of everyday Americans to be heard in this debate....er...um...that doesn't work either does it?
Well...I had hoped to be positive for once when it comes to the excellent leadership we have all come to expect from our representatives in the Republican Party...but unfortunately...here we are...day two and not a word from the Republican Leadership about the outragious behavior of Obama, Ried and Pelosi...and this after Brian Lamb gift wrapped a present for them and laid it in their laps by calling Obama on his lie that the process for "insuring all Americans" would be televised...
IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR AT LEAST A MINIMAL SQUAWK OF PROTEST ABOUT THIS?! I MEAN, IF THIS ISN'T A REASON TO CALL DOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN AND HEAP BURNING COALS ON THE RIED AND PELOSI AND OBAMA TRINITY'S HEADS...WHAT IS?
Oh well...enough of that...I want to expand on my ideas from yesterday. "Assuming I could pull McConnell and Boehner's Strings...what would I do to derail Obamacare?"
Actually...let me modify that because, as I pointed out in July, (if I understand the Senate Rules), I wouldn't need to pull the minority leaders strings because my strategy could be employed by any Senator or group of Senators who desired to take a stand...Coburn and DeMint immediately come to mind...could tell McConnell to stick his comity and decorum in his pipe and smoke it and just do what I'm about to lay out.
You can review my other diaries on this subject: Congressional Republicans Are Not Powerless To Stop The Assaults On Our Freedom! I expanded on my first post on the subject yesterday: Why Is Brian Lamb Doing What Republican Leaders Won’t! What Would AceInTX Do?.
I will expand even further on these basic posts in order to expand even further as to how I would manage my strategy were I in control. I will of necessity talk about how I would manage it in the Senate...but the plan overall would be the same in the House though modifications would be required because of the differing rules.
Were I managing this, I'd work to get at least 3 Senators to agree to work in eight hour shifts with two at their desk on the floor at all times while the third rests and attends to other business...like explaining to the press what is being done.
All three Senators would agree to object to ALL unanimous Consent Requests.
That's right, I said ALL! Including Republican Unanimous Consent Requests!
Any motion to have something placed in the record, any bill, any amendment, any motion to come to order, any motion to adjourn, any motion to have the temperature raised or lowered in the Senate Chamber down to any request to have extra boxes of Kleenex placed in the Democrat's cloak room to cry into...anything...no matter how trivial...or no matter how big and important would pass without being objected to...
If the Democrats didn't drop the consent request they would then have to proceed to a vote....an objection would be raised that a quorum wasn't present requiring a majority of the Senators to return to the floor. Every single bill would be read...Every single amendment would be read...every remark to be revised and extended would be read or votes and cloture votes would be taken to dispense with the reading..on and on and on it would go!
A vote would be called which would then be filibustered requiring a cloture vote followed by a roll call vote to pass the original motion...once that was done...in order for any other business to be conducted...the process would begin again with the next item on the agenda...
In all of this there would be points of order...procedural questions would have to be answered by the parliamentarian and where possible...objections to the parliamentarian's ruling could be made and debated.
Leader's agreements ro manage debates on the floor would be objected to...Everything McConnell negotiates with Ried for dispensing with bills and amendments would be objected to and voted on...
Of course the Dems would be able to do whatever they want...they have the votes for it...doubtless McConnell would fuss and join the Democrats in complaining and going around my three Senators ...but it will take time....time they don't have....and there isn't a thing Ried or McConnell could do about is but whine!
All the while this is going on...The third and hopefully a forth Senator would be out talking to everyone they can about how it is the Pelosi, Ried, Obama Axis that has forced this turn of events. They would be booking every friendly talk show and venue thay could to talk about what is being done and why!
The message would be, "It is the excessive partisanship that is to blame here. It is the secrecy and corruption of the process that is to blame.
Part of the argument would be that the vast majority of the voting public are against this bill and Republicans have a duty and an obligation to represent those individuals on the right, the far left and in the great center who aren't happy with the way this has been handled and want the process to be open and transparent.
The point wold be hammered that nothing the Democrats have promised is being accomplished by this bill according to their own numbers...millions will still be uninsured, access will still be restricted, and costs will go up even faster than they were before. Taxes would increase and liberty would be lost to the individual mandate!
Above all Obama's LIE that this be open and transparent would be pointed out and it would be communicated that this extraordinary action would continue until the rights of the minority are respected, until the American voter has had a chance to see what is being enacted. This will continue until Obama's promise to have this process aired on C-span is fulfilled, Until the promises to allow 6 days to have the bill read are fulfilled.
I'll again state it emphatically..DON"T TELL ME THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE BUT PURSUE A CYNICAL PLOY OF ALLOWING IT TO PASS SO WE CAN GAIN POINTS IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS!
If one man with courage makes a majority...four Senators with conviction and the truth would be unstoppable!
Is this scorched earth? Hell yes it's scorched earth but if this isn't the time to pull out all the stops...well...If not THIS...what? If not NOW...when?
But for GOD's sake let's not just sit by and let this happen without a fight...it's too important to our nation's survival to allow this to happen.
And for those who believe this would ever be repealed...I issue a challenge...Name me one bill, one law or one power grab of this nature that has ever been repealed in the history of this Grand Republic...
NAME JUST ONE!...it ain't out there...and this will be a millstone around our necks which the Democrats will build upon when next they have an opportunity!
I would encourage any and all of you to print this and my other posts on the subject and send it to your Senators...Send it to the RNC, the NRSC, the NRCC...Send it to your governors and State Party Chairmen....let's not give up the fight till the shiv has been delivered to our belly's and let's demand action from our leadership until we've bled our life's blood out onto the ground!
Cross Posted to: The Minority Report