At 10:23 pm, Dec 11th, three Representatives tarried in the house chamber. The rest of congress had filtered out to send their exultant "Merry Christmas. We saved the country from shutdown with our historic budget bill!" facebook messages after their late Thursday vote. No one officially adjourned the session.
At 10:23 pm and 54 seconds, one of the three still-present Representatives called for “unanimous consent,” a parliamentary move that allows the suspending of other parliamentary rules. This can only be done with a 2/3 majority. Among Ed Royce (R, CA), Eliot Engel (D, NY), Marcy Kaptur (D, OH), they got the needed votes.
With this suspension of rules, they took the bill out of committee, put it to vote, and passed it. The house record shows passage at 10:23 pm and 55 seconds.
In a matter of seconds, our foreign policy with Russia was set: tariffs (that could trigger counter tariffs); company-specific bans (that benefit other specific corporations); billions of dollars in weapons and "counter propaganda"; proactive permission to the president to escalate aggression; and other policies that could push already precarious countries into each others' arms.
Surely this shadiness would be cut short by the checks and balances that come from the Constitutional protections of another chamber and another branch? Surely more than one or two of their House colleagues would cry foul? Two days later, the senate affirmed the bill. The suspension of rules was again invoked. No one opposed. The voting was taken without recording the senators' votes. The president signed.
This one bill alone is a confirmation of all our worst fears of the depth of corruption and the trampling of Constitution. It is just one of three bills of similarly carefully crafted betrayals.
Another bill: the Patriot Act-approved spying was just doubled down. A new bill grants "virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American" without court order. Again, the senate did not publish the upcoming bill in its public agenda. Again, the senators voted anonymously. The house attempted the same, except one Representative called for a roll call, forcing each member on record.
The third bill in this tragic trifecta, of course, was the budget bill. Buried among all of the complexities and distractions was maybe the biggest bank gift ever. This "must-pass" bill now guarantees the banks' derivatives bets through the FDIC. The last time the banks almost went bust over their risky behavior, they were bailed out after the fact. Now have been bailed out ahead of time. They now have free reign on risk. Heads, they win. Tails, we lose.
The timing here is especially suspect as the the spiraling oil prices are widely believed to imperil the banks' previous gambles. When this illicit relationship of our elected representatives and private interests came to light, the concern was dismissively waved away. This was not corruption; this was not trillion dollar charity, we were told. This noise was nothing but some obstructionist, business-hating liberals trying to get in the way. This was the message universally spouted by the players and in the press headlines.
This is a crossroads. Not for our country; we are past that. For each of us. Either we can take it as a sign that it is too late and lay down. Or this can trigger the most important resolution of all, one we must keep, to redouble ourselves in this most precious fight and recommit ourselves to waking up all in the sound of our voice.
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Target date is 2030
Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.
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