At six-foot-three-inches tall and upwards of 250 pounds, I’m not a-skeered of much. Some snakes, for sure. Spiders? Absolutely. Ducks? Not on your life. Well, except for a lame duck. Especially when that lame duck is a power-hungry, hopelessly embittered Democrat. In that case, lame ducks frighten me to the core.
Now, I have admittedly been in a bit of a news vacuum for the past few weeks (to say the least) but I’m not dead. I’ve known for a while what might be the worst-kept secret in American politics: barring unforeseen circumstances or absolute disaster, the Democratic Party is facing a veritable bloodbath in November. And even though I’ve been predicting it here for the better part of eighteen months, various conversations I’ve had over the past month or so–when I have bothered to pick my noggin up out of the books, that is–have led me to believe even more so that the GOP could be in for a sweep.
Thinking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, should the GOP manage to falter, the prospect of Barack Hussein Obama as a lame duck president just frightened the you-know-what out of me, but it was only a few weeks ago that I even considered the prospect of a lame duck Congress, filled with bitter, reckless Democrats who have through their own malfeasance lost their jobs and their power and are hell-bent on bringing the nation down with them. Bitter, reckless Democrats who have enough, in terms of numbers, to force the passage of whatever they want.
The possibilities were endless. Even our president will admit that, in terms of political capital, he and his party are as penniless as our national coffers. And while a dearth of capital and trust and credibility might keep Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi from forcing through measures like card check, cap-and-trade and comprehensive immigration reform by traditional measures, that consequenceless period between a disastrous Election Day and the swearing in of the next Congress sure would provide an opportunity to force-feed some more typical lefty policies to an American public weary too weary of politics and fattened from turkey and stuffing to notice.
And card check might not even be the end of it. Anybody heard of the Mandatory Service Act? Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t even make it out of committee for fear of adverse political backlash — but for a group of Democrats with nothing to lose? Why not?
Thankfully, people are taking notice. Matt Drudge linked today to a press release from the Republican Study Committee detailing a resolution by Georgia Congressman Tom Price that would effectively shutter any attempt at holding a “lame duck session” after Election Day. Here’s the press release:
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after offering a resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on Congress not to hold a lame duck session after Election Day for the purpose of passing hugely unpopular legislation like a national energy tax, enormous deficit spending bills, and the kickback to Big Labor known as “Card Check.”
“Americans are sick and tired of their elected leaders making backroom deals to ram through unpopular, 2000-page bills that no one has read,” said Chairman Price. “They are sick of out-of-touch politicians, and they are tired of being ignored. A number of Democrats, including members of their leadership, have recently expressed a desire to ignore the public will and use a lame duck session to pass liberal legislation Americans do not want. Today I gave my Democrat colleagues an opportunity to show they are finally ready to listen to the American people.
“Our system of government rests upon the consent of the governed, but it is quite clear that Democrats no longer have Americans’ consent. The public’s trust in this Congress has been repeatedly broken. Voting for a national energy tax and other items on the liberal wish list in a lame duck session would shatter it beyond repair. Republicans are fully prepared to do what is necessary to restore Americans’ trust in their elected representatives. We know it will be a long road, but it is one well worth traveling.”
Note: Instead of taking a clear stand on this issue, House Democrats chose to delay a vote on the Price resolution. The text of the resolution is available here.
It might just be more Washington-speak, but I like hearing from Republicans over and over again an acknowledgment that as a party they are ready to listen. They certainly weren’t ready before. But, to me, it appears that the GOP has finally seen the light and is doing exactly what I’ve been saying since the dawn of 2009 — boil every issue, every argument down to the proper role of government. And, even better, it appears to me that today’s GOP is looking to do what neither today’s Democrats nor the Bush-era GOP would dare do: take their lead from the American people.
The America Speaking Out program, unveiled here at America’s Right by Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry and elsewhere by other congressional Republicans on May 25, is a great idea and has, from what I’ve heard, been a great success. With any luck, folks like Thornberry and his colleagues will be in their home districts next month garnering feedback face-to-face.
In putting forth his resolution today, Congressman Price is doing both — taking a stand for limited government and doing what he can to ensure the involvement of the American public. But you and I need to do more. Be sure your friends and neighbors know about the dangers presented by a lame duck Democratic Party-led Congress. Only through education can people truly understand how much these liberal politicians want to advance their agenda at the expense of the nation.