Put Deliberation Back in the World’s Most Deliberative Body

By REP. TRENT FRANKS 1/12/16 12:01 AM

The objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown Rep. Trent Franks argues (AP file photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown Rep. Trent Franks argues (AP file photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When noble American champions like Franklin Graham leave the Republican Party and a potential split in the Republican Party is pondered by Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal, we should ask ourselves why.

Here’s why.

Republicans currently hold a 54 — 46 majority in the Senate (which conservatives understandably thought would give Republicans the power to resist Barack Obama). However, even if all 54 Republicans vote “yes” on the “motion to proceed” (one of the Senate’s most insidious and hidden-in-plain sight secrets), at least 6 Democrats must also come to the Senate floor and vote “yes” or the motion is defeated.

This rule denies the majority in the United States Senate the essential capability to vote on, or even debate, critical, life and death legislation that may be supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans (like stopping the Iranian nuclear deal).

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How could we ever come up with a more perfect recipe for gridlock in this polarized, truth-be-damned political era in which we live?

Democrats know that the American people (even the esoteric Republican base) are largely oblivious to this secret, subterranean leverage they so routinely abuse, since the media never seem to report on this elephant (or donkey) in the room.

This has allowed Democrats to repeatedly force the House of Representatives, and especially its leadership, into an impossible conundrum: Either pass legislation that Democrats completely agree with, which enrages the principled, but misinformed Republican base, or allow Democrats to shut down the government, for which Republicans will be unjustly, but entirely, blamed.

In fact, the primary objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown. This is because both Democrats and Republicans have done extensive polling, and both know a government shutdown gives Democrats decisive leverage to retain the presidency and gain control of the U.S. Senate in next year’s election. This would mean that Democrats will control presidential appointments, gain complete control of the U.S. Supreme Court and turn what’s left of the U.S. Constitution into vapor.

 

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