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How Harry Reid is Destroying the Senate
Power Line, by John Hinderaker

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/18/2014 5:33:18 AM

We often hear that Washington is “broken,” that Congress is “gridlocked,” and so on. While such complaints are usually imprecise and sometimes misguided, the sense that Congress is not functioning as intended is correct. Yesterday Senator Jeff Sessions delivered an important speech in which he decried the decline of the Senate under the leadership of Harry Reid. The extent to which the Senate’s traditions have been undermined to the detriment of all Americans is not generally appreciated, but the issue is a vital one. Senator Sessions said: The Senate is where the great issues of our time are supposed to be

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/18/2014 6:24:23 AM     (No. 9696585)

I believe this is a Must Read.

It describes how Harry Reid and the Democrats are implementing yet another "fundamental transformation" of our country...namely how the Senate, and ultimately also the House, are being reconstructed to act as a dictatorial rubber stamp for one-party rule. This is huge.

The original intent of both houses of Congress was to have a check and balance on the President´s ability to make autocratic decisions. The peoples´ representatives from both parties were to debate proposed laws, compromise solutions with possible amendments from the minority party, and then pass bills that were agreed by both sides.

Now, however, Reid has changed such processes through procedural maneuvers that basically stack each bill with one party´s desired goals and blocks any opportunity for debate, amendments, and compromise versions. It´s essentially an unconditional surrender demand to the other party. A dictatorial decree in effect.

This cannot be allowed to stand. It´s a total perversion of the original design of Congress. It removes one of the checks and balances that previously limited the powers of the President and essentially rubber stamps his dictated programs.

We are now being ruled in a dictatorship.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 1/18/2014 7:04:39 AM     (No. 9696613)

The 17th amendment planted the seeds for dingy harry. Original intent was for the Senate to protect the interests of the states and the House was there to protect the population. Would the EPA have the power it has today if the 17th amendment did not exist?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/18/2014 7:11:39 AM     (No. 9696622)

OP: Here´s the rebuttal to the article about how it is ALL Harry Reid´s fault. Granted he is the Leader, but he´s getting help from the perfidious Establishment Republicans.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/01/11trillion_reasons_to_dump_boehner_and_mcconnell.html

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/18/2014 7:42:15 AM     (No. 9696645)

Democrats, take note, payback is coming.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/18/2014 7:46:16 AM     (No. 9696651)

Misfire, #3. I just post ´em, I don´t write ´em.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LAW428, 1/18/2014 8:20:03 AM     (No. 9696686)

Our government isn´t broken, but the politicians in it certainly are. We need people of virtue, substance, enthusiasm, and determination, to get us out of this socialist nightmare of fraud, deceit, and contemptible back-room deals.

If we´re not fighting tyranny, we´re not truly American.

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 1/18/2014 8:20:16 AM     (No. 9696687)

I agree with #1--this should be a must read for everyone. Few know how Reid is controlling the senate and ignoring or breaking the rules (following his preezy´s lead.) And you just know when the Repubs get the senate back, he will be the first to howl foul if they try the same tactics, if the weenies even would. Hypocrite, thy name is Democrat.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snapper451, 1/18/2014 8:27:00 AM     (No. 9696693)

No one has mentioned that Judge Sessions would make a great Majority Leader, if we could win the Senate back and dump Mitch. Sessions is courageous and smart.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/18/2014 8:49:50 AM     (No. 9696710)

Thanks, #3 - I think you make a salient point. Enablers make a big difference.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: richwill, 1/18/2014 8:50:48 AM     (No. 9696713)

Is Harry Reid a lackey for the dictator Hussein or is he actually the dictator. Perhaps it is a joint dictatorship.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 1/18/2014 8:57:44 AM     (No. 9696723)

Kudos to Senator Jeff Sessions!

When I first worked on Capitol Hill, I would spend my lunch hours in the Senate balcony listening to the Senators eloquently, and sometimes not so eloquently, debate the issues of our country... Sadly, no longer true!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/18/2014 10:12:56 AM     (No. 9696839)

Definitely a Must Read.

If only Sue Lowndes had been the one to run...Harry would be playing shuffleboard in Searchlight as we speak.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bugboy, 1/18/2014 10:34:10 AM     (No. 9696859)

We have an emerging king of America in Obama why not have one in the senate, King Harry?

FTA: Why should the House expose their members to politically tough votes when they know the Senate won’t?

Jeff, Jeff, Jeff, so we know who to vote in and who to vote out!

It´s becoming more and more apparent that legislators either don´t know the Constitution, don´t understand the Constitution or just don´t care for the Constitution.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/18/2014 3:47:53 PM     (No. 9697233)

Why wasn´t this speech given by the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? Why hasn´t the Minority Leader been giving this speech daily for the last five years? Why hasn´t the Minority Leader been in front of the cameras decrying this travesty?

Inquiring tea drinkers would like to know.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/18/2014 4:12:24 PM     (No. 9697250)

All this crapola happening is the continuing march to NEW WORLD ORDER. The Republicans and Democrats are dead set to see this happen. This is one reason why they detest the Conservatives who have gained seats in both Houses.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: horacer, 1/18/2014 5:00:45 PM     (No. 9697275)

After reading this I tried to remember if Obama had vetoed any legislation. Why bother, Harry blocks everything. Well Obama has 2 vetoes. One in ´09 and one in ´10. A bill concerning Interstate Recognition of Notarizations and a short term cr for fiscal 2010 that was overridden by Obama´s signature on the final appropriations bill for 2010. So actually it´s only 1 veto. Reid´s a tyrant and he loves the role. No speech, no article will change that. Only retaking the Senate matters.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 1/18/2014 9:55:57 PM     (No. 9697423)

I have three questions for some high-ranking DemocRATS. "Where´s the budget Harry"? "Why did you lie to us about Benghazi, Hillary"? "Where is your real birth certificate, Barry"?

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