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July 9, 2013 - 9:19 am

The Hill has a big story on how Sen. Harry Reid is agonizing over the extremely difficult choice confronting him: whether to trigger the so-called “nuclear option” that would effectively kill the filibuster and minority rights in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces one of the biggest decisions of his career this month as he heads for a showdown with Republicans on President Obama’s stalled nominees.

The Nevada Democrat must decide whether to trigger a controversial tactic known as the nuclear option to strip from Republicans the power to endlessly debate presidential nominees.

The maneuver entails changing the Senate’s rules with a simple majority vote, instead of clearing the 67-vote threshold required under the standing rules.

The proximate cause is nominations to federal positions. Republicans have approved more than 1,500 of Obama’s nominees but are holding up a handful of the most controversial ones, such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The NLRB under Obama has become a radical tool in the firm grip of Big Labor. The CFPB is a new creature spawned in the ill-advised Dodd-Frank legislation. The nation is just fine without either one operating at full capacity.

The Hill’s article reads like ground prep. Reid and the Democrats are building the case that, because the Republicans won’t rubber-stamp the likes of Tom Perez into power, the Democrats will blow up the Senate’s standing rules to force the nominees through.

The actual cause is that the Democrats want one-party rule by fiat. Obama has tested the waters on that front several times, both by issuing recess appointments when Congress was not even in recess, and most recently by declaring that ObamaCare’s employer mandate will not be enforced when the law he signed requires it, on January 1, 2014. That move was entirely political, to avoid the pain that enforcement would inflict during the 2014 mid-term elections. It was also flagrantly illegal, as the language of the law leaves no room for this maneuver. The Republican-controlled House is investigating, but of course the Democrat-controlled Senate doesn’t care. Congress in control of either party once defended its institutional powers, but under Reid, the Senate puts the Democratic Party’s prerogatives above all.

The fact is, Obama will get away with altering ObamaCare by fiat. In the process, he will have come as close as any president we have ever had to dispensing with the rule of law altogether. He and Reid are pushing America into a post-republican phase in which the presidency wields vast authority to re-write laws without input from Congress. Soon he will be decreeing laws out of thin air. Democrats love the power now, but may come to regret their expediency when a Republican president comes into office and simply writes ObamaCare and perhaps other cherished Democrat policies and agencies away with the stroke of a pen.

Yes, they have already thought of that possibility. That’s why they’re pushing for an immigration bill without enforcement, which would create enough new undocumented Democratic voters to give them a generational lock on power.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Bingo! Ever notice that for all the expostulating over Fast & Furious, IRS, Benghazi etc. nobody has been indicted, nobody has been impeached? It's all Kabuki by the GOP, or the socialist-lite party.
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" Democrats love the power now, but may come to regret their expediency when a Republican president comes into office and simply writes ObamaCare and perhaps other cherished Democrat policies and agencies away with the stroke of a pen."

Preston, what are you smoking? No "Republican" President would do that. Not because they believe in the sanctity of the office or because they have principles, but because every "Republican" candidate for the office is a RINO who talks a good game but is unwilling to rock the boat.

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just as Roger responded I'm alarmed that someone can earn $6763 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this website http://www.wep6.com
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"Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement." --- Will Rogers
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Bring in on, Dingy. The change in "rules" will come in handy down the line. Perhaps after the next election? Remember how the Dems *howled* when McConnell considered invoking the same option re the Dem filibustering of Bush court nominees? Truly there is no honor among these scoundrels.
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Anyone that cannot draw a comparison between Obama ruling by fiat and Hitler - who also ruled by fiat is flat out not thinking things through. I'd love to see the list of laws rules and regulations that Obama has skirted or cherry-picked to back or ignore based on his own personal beliefs.
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" Democrats love the power now, but may come to regret their expediency when a Republican president comes into office and simply writes ObamaCare and perhaps other cherished Democrat policies and agencies away with the stroke of a pen."

Preston, what are you smoking? No "Republican" President would do that. Not because they believe in the sanctity of the office or because they have principles, but because every "Republican" candidate for the office is a RINO who talks a good game but is unwilling to rock the boat.

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Bingo! Ever notice that for all the expostulating over Fast & Furious, IRS, Benghazi etc. nobody has been indicted, nobody has been impeached? It's all Kabuki by the GOP, or the socialist-lite party.
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Where does Congress get the power to indict anyone? Why chip your teeth on an impeachment vote in the House when you know the Senate will NEVER convict. Didn't we learn anything from the suicide mission against Clinton? The Republican Party has never recovered from that. Some might recall that one Lindsey Graham was a spear carrier, and spear catcher, on that. He learned his lesson and learned to get along. Sad, but it's the way the Senate works.
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Bingo Howard. The Republicans are only concerned with maintaining their status as part of the ruling class. Big government benefits Republican politicians also. The Democrats only care about unfettered power to rule and impose their Marxist/socialist agenda on America. We truly have a government now, where "We the People" have no representation. And both parties will not hesitate to use the power of government to keep "We the Rabble" in line.
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"We the Rabble"! I like that. May use it.
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Let's cut to the chase. Congress is headed towards one party rule and that is that. To be sure, the Demsters operate as a Mafia, and the RINOS make it that much easier for them.
In this regard, does the following sound like hyperbole? - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/08/the-lefts-march-towards-totalitarian-rule-one-party-at-a-time-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/
Anyone who still believes that the U.S. is operating as a Constitutional Republic is hallucinating, regardless of what Reid does, or not.
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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Will we ever see an opposition party with some guts stand together and publicly call these anti-American domestic enemies out for what they truly are? The country is screaming for it....whoever the politician is with the guts to stand up and lead could very well be our next president. I feel like William Wallace when he was pleading with the Earl of Bruce to just stand up and unite us...

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Allen West gets pissed at NDAA question. WHY?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbB0qTH6Jjg

He clearly does not believe in the oath he took for we the people or he clearly and merely a sock puppet of the joint chiefs!

This is responsible for our current police state! This is the NDAA folks!


September 18, 2001 Wartime presidential powers supersede liberties By Frank J. Murray THE WASHINGTON TIMES

http://web.archive.org/web/20010918184425/www.washtimes.com/national/20010918-1136.htm



May 18, 2011 U.S. Secret Service Interrogates 13 Year Old Without Parents Consent Over Facebook Status Update

http://theoldspeakjournal.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/u-s-secret-service-interrogates-13-year-old-without-parents-consent-over-facebook-status-update/
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Revolution: An Instruction Manual


Jul 5, 2013 How to take down a tyrant without firing a shot.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zq4f6WYmHU
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The Democrats and the rest of the political establishment become
increasingly desperate to hang on to power as the day of economic
reckoning approaches, willing to do any slimy thing to stay in office.
It will make the eventual crash worse, but the recovery better.
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