The Constitutionality of NO
The left stream media has taken great pleasure in labeling the GOP has the party of NO. I think it’s worth examining why a thinking individual should consider this to be a problem. A prudent parent may continually say NO to a mischievous child’s requests until such time as they come up with a sensible one. If you got asked if you’d like take heroin every day by the addicts on your neighborhood, you’d be wise to always say NO! The same is true of legislative efforts to advance progressive policy dreams into reality. If the machinations of the left are not thwarted, their mad pursuit of a utopia will inevitably result in a dystopia, so it is entirely proper for conservative leaders to always say NO.
Aside from the general reasons for saying NO to dumb ideas that immediately come to mind, there’s another very basic one. As near as I can tell, it is always constitutional for a member of Congress to vote NO. There is nothing unconstitutional about a session of Congress closing without any new laws and without having confirmed any nominees. Given the general hubris with which Congress has trampled over the the rights reserved to the people and the states, there’s a fair chance that any proposed legislation currently floating around the Capitol deserves to be struck down by the courts. If you’re John Conyers and you don’t read bills before voting on them because you’d need two days and the help of two lawyers to understand them, then I’ve got a piece of advice for you. You can choose to not read the bill, and if you’re voting NO, you can still be sure that you’re not violating the Constitution!
So, stop knocking NO! It’s an excellent default position.