300 Million Pieces of Silver

By Rick Saunders
America’s Right

Earlier today here at America’s Right, Robert Wallace provided us with an excellent glimpse of how rotten the U.S. Senate has actually become. But wait! As they say on TV, there’s more!

Even now, they are calling it the “New Louisiana Purchase.” In 1803, the United States purchased from France the Louisiana Territory, a huge chunk of what is now the United States, for 15 million vintage 1803 dollars. In today’s dollars that translates to approximately $294 million, as measured by the consumer price index. Last night, in exchange for $300 million, one Mary Landrieu–laughingly but sadly purporting to uphold her oath of office as a senator from Louisiana–sold her vote to Harry Reid in support of the “health care reform” Frankenstein monster.

Reid and Landrieu give spectacular new meaning to the term “Saturday Night Massacre,” because after last night democracy, as heretofore known in this nation, is now truly on life support. And the only question becomes: will the health reform death panels pull the plug?

Once upon a time in the history of this nation, there was a crime known as “bribery.” There was also a federal offense covering instances where one bribed a public official. Ironically, the United States Congress even enacted a statute formalizing its approbation of the concept, placing it on the books as 18 U.S.C. § 201 and entitling it “Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses.”

The law specifically applied to members of Congress if they were the person to be bribed. Moreover, the person offering the bribe could be punished, upon conviction, by (a) imposition of a fine of up to three times the monetary value of the bribe; (b) imprisonment for up to 15 years; (c) both such fine and imprisonment; and (d) disqualification from holding any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States. Examine the statute yourself and then ask: should Harry Reid be concerned?

Fools! That was a trick question. Reid would never face a $900 million fine, nor would be face 15 years in prison, nor both. Of course not. He, like his boss, is above the law. Did you not get The Memo? And besides, the person who would otherwise be responsible for prosecuting him–Attorney General Eric Holder–will be too busy with another case in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. More on that from me in a day or so.

Once upon a time as well, in the swiftly dimming honorable past of this nation, there was crime called “extortion.” Oddly enough, Congress also enacted a law purporting to dissuade public officers from trying to extort money or things of value under color of or by reason of their official position. They placed this novel concept on the books as 18 U.S.C. § 872, entitling it “Extortion by officers or employees of the United States.” Upon conviction, such a public officer can be fined and/or imprisoned for up to three years, provided, of course, that if the extortion demand does not exceed $1,000, then the punishment shall be a fine and/or imprisonment for not more than one year.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, in the lead-up to the Saturday night vote on the Frankenstein creature, made it clear to Harry Reid that in exchange for her vote he would need to cough up the dough. He did. So, as with the statute on bribery, read this and then ask: should Mary Landrieu be worried?

Ah, I see you’ve learned from your prior mistake as to Harry Reid. Same answer: of course not, and for the same reasons. These people claim to be above the law. And with no one to call them on it, who is to say they are wrong? They are liberal Democrats. They are the apparatchiks of the regime in power. Oh, and as we have been admonished by Barack Obama and his Chief of Staff: remember — they won, the American people lost, get over it.

Everything–and I mean everything–that is corrupt, deceitful and treacherous about the way the United States Senate now operates under its current dictator, Harry Reid–enabled by specimens like Landrieu and emboldened through the aid and comfort of the regime and president now occupying the White House–is distilled in the events here described. To call the actions shameful and disgraceful is to denigrate and trivialize those adjectives.

The perpetrators are worse than common gang-banger thugs down in the ‘hood and constitute a virulent, new species of vermin now infesting the halls of what once was an honorable institution. But that was then, and now is now. And just wait until they get around to pension and retirement plan “reform” in order to pay for all of this lunacy when the world runs out of patience and tells them: we want REAL dollars.

So, on this day after the vote, go find a few Democrats and ask them: “Still happy with that ‘hope’ and ‘change’ thing?” Perhaps, in 2010 and 2012, the new slogan for the Democrats and Barack Obama could be, instead, “bribery” and “extortion.”

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.



  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm from Louisiana and I have to say I'm as angry as everyone else that our Senator sold out for the pieces of silver. I'm even more distressed that this was all done in plain sight of the world with no attempt to hide the crookedness of her action and obviously no remorse at selling out her country or those she represents.

    I hope Louisiana voters are paying close attention to her re-election and remember how her actions have shamed the state….. Edwin Edwards & the "Kingfish" would be proud,but I doubt anyone else around the state is….


  2. Randy Wills says:

    Good job, Rick.

    And people snicker when I try to tell them that it's not a political (which would translate into policy differences) problem that our country faces but a much more fundamental one. I call it a spiritual problem, but if a person is sqeamish with that term, then call it what you may, but its root cause is the same; a generalized departure from the laws (and grace) of God.

    The Founders had it right. Sadly, very few, including all too many professing believers, are willing to accept that precept. Perhaps if we are brought to our knees, figuatively and literally speaking, that will change. Until then, making enduring changes in our country is like trying to hold back the tides.


  3. Anonymous says:

    throwing around all this money and sticking it to unborn babes to pay for their vulgar behavior of committing this nation to unnecessary debt.

    this coupled with the waste, fraud in medicare, medicaid and healthcare need not cost us not ONE ADDTIONAL CENT!

  4. Anonymous says:

    i have seen it from time to time but i must repeat it because it is so true, "if you think healthcare is costly now just wait until its free."

    kinda reminds me of the ones who try to save a minute by running a red light and end up losing their lives… in other words, IS IT WORTH IT?

    one's common sense says going to this length first attempting lawmakers to just sign off without reading the bill, then presenting a bill that weighs 20 POUNDS and is over TWO THOUSAND pages is a clear indication that is is a shady deal.
    WHY GO TO SUCH LENGTHS TO COVERUP what you are trying to make into an ENTITLEMENT? just the idea that a president stoops so low is an insult, imo.

  5. Anonymous says:

    what disturbs me even more is that the very people we put in office to make sure this stuff doesnt happen are the ones going along with it so they can set up programs to be ran by their friends and family back in their respective States and mis-use the money. sure some $$ will get to the people but if they are this dirty openly you can bet the pockets of their friends, family will be lined each time they "help" someone.

    worse, is that the people who supports obama will not draw the line somewhere – they just pretend they dont see a thing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    yes she should be worried.
    i 'suppose she thinks this endears her to her constituents. my money says she's wrong.

    this administration is ACORN in action – holding up the american government for every single grant, red cent they can find. they look at as getting "government" money for free. but this is money that needs to be put into troubling programs such as social security, etc.

  7. Anonymous says:

    govt stepped in with the H1N1 to distribute as they saw fit instead of leaving it to physicians. now we are faced with bad management and it looks like the longer it takes to get the additional amount the more likely this thing will have a chance to mutate.

    with that much money how about just distributing it to taxpayers as a credit or a payment to the healthcare system of one's choice?

  8. Anonymous says:

    yes she should be worried.
    i 'suppose she thinks this endears her to her constituents. she's wrong.

    this administration is ACORN in action – squeezing the american government for every single grant, red cent they can find. they look at as getting "government" money for free. but this is money that needs to be put into troubling programs such as social security, etc.

  9. Anonymous says:

    If they don't intend to add anything to the Health Care bill…in the way of taxes or adding anything to the budget…does that mean Reid is "pulling" this $300 million dollar bribe out of his own pocket or is it more likely it's coming out of the everyday taxpayers pockets.

    Remember….This is only ONE deal and there are how many other 'bribes' being brokered at the expense of taxpayers. At the end of the day,it might be interesting to know just how much of our government funds are being used to purchase this legislation.

    You know it isn't their money they are giving away to pull this fiasco off…. They need to be made to account for these insane and obviously illegal bribes. They may think this is politics as usual,but it really is a criminal act against the American people.

  10. Pop's says:

    Sen. Mary Landrieu: "I am not going to be defensive,"… "and it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."… "My vote today, should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote as this debate comes to an end."

    Sen. Blanche Lincoln later stammered: "I will vote to support, of, the, the, will vote in support of cloture on the motion to proceed to this bill."… "I'm not thinking about my re-election"… "I am opposed to a new government administered health-care plan,"… "I will not vote in favor of the proposal… as it is written."

    Sen. Mary Landrieu sold her soul yesterday and then boasted about the up front price tag. Sen. Blanche Lincoln sold her soul yesterday and then telegraphed her desire for a similar payoff.

    I think that both have made it very clear – $300 million is chump change and the real corruption hasn't even started yet. In a few weeks, Harry (Beelzebub) Reid will be back to buy votes for final passage of the bill. God help us all!

    If you haven't already read this, please take the time: http://biggovernment.com/2009/11/22/is-medicare-the-real-target-of-health-care-reform/



    P.S. My 3yo grandson loves to introduce me everywhere we go. He says: "I'd like you to meet, my best friend, Pop's."
    He's my best friend too.
    I wonder, will he remember me as the best friend who "rolled over" or the one who said "let's roll"? I believe that the time to decide is very, very close.

  11. Dee says:

    I emailed my senators, both Democrats, last evening and asked if they had listened to anything that the majority of the people who elected them were saying? I also pointed out that they bought the vote with these bribes. At least my Democrat House Rep voted against Pelosi's bill.

  12. GRANDPAS RISE UP says:

    Hey Pops,

    I just became a 'Pops' last Monday, and I'll be damned if this government is going to keep on this track. Let's Roll.

  13. Anonymous says:

    All you radical right wing hellkites, there will come a day when employer sponsored healthcare will be a thing of the past and within the decade health insurance will double again to nearly $31,000 yr not including deductibles and copays. Trust me, your children and grandchildren will have no healthcare and they will die. You people are pathetic, fighting for the death of your own children.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Here's to Sarah, and/or others like her, being the LITHIUM injection into this bipolar government.

  15. Boston Blackie says:

    "Sen. Mary Landrieu, in the lead-up to the Saturday night vote on the Frankenstein creature, made it clear to Harry Reid that in exchange for her vote he would need to cough up the dough."

    Hey, where I come from we call her a whore but then again we are talking about a u.s. senator. And what's the story with the republican senator that didn't have the balls to take a stand and did not vote at all.

  16. EXPENSIVE says:

    Found this interesting on her website…. check out the size of her staff!


    Need 300 million just for that almost.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Just like a Louisiana pelican (state bird) to swoop down with their big ol pouch, and scarf up as much cash as possible.


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