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House Sit-In: A Brief Tutorial on How American Government Works Now

For those of you who may still be laboring under the illusion that we live in something resembling the antiquated notion of a constitutional republic, allow me to enlighten you about how things have changed since your high school government class. Here’s how the legislative branch works now:

When the Democrats are in power they get everything they want, even if it means ramming through legislation in the middle of the night and twisting the rules until they are virtually unrecognizable. When the Republicans are in power, the Democrats still get everything they want because the Republicans basically just hand it to them to avoid being called racists or misogynists. When they don’t get what they want, Democrats throw temper tantrums and hold their breath until they get what they want. Either way, they win. Always.

This is definitely not how I learned it in government class, but trust me, this is how it works now.

Right now, House Democrats, led by 1960s civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, are staging a childish sit-in—Occupy-style—on the floor of the House because Republicans won’t cave fast enough on taking away our Second Amendment rights. (Don’t worry, Trump will be here to do it soon enough…I heard his surrogate say it on CNN tonight!) Despite the fact that the terrorist who shot up the nightclub in Orlando wasn’t on the no-fly list, the Twilight Zone-dwellers in the Democratic Party are sure, so very sure, that preventing people on the no-fly list from buying guns would have stopped the attack. (What was that Reagan said about Democrats knowing so many things that aren’t so?)

If you’re envisioning Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. when you picture this House sit-in in your mind, you’d be way off. Think a slumber party with a bunch of 7th grade girls. Our well-paid members of Congress are enjoying Starbuck’s, Chinese food, and taking many, many selfies with their friends (I wouldn’t be surprised if there are manis and pedis too!). They’ve also sent out for pillows and blankies, because you definitely need pillows if you’re going to sit on that luxurious carpet all night.

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These are not serious people with serious ideas or strategies to get their policies implemented. These are emotional infants who have no respect for the rule of law and who scoff at the rules of the House. They think it’s noble to shout down their fellow members of Congress, when in fact, they’re subverting the very processes and system of government by which they’ve gained the civil rights they claim to champion.

Whether this is a publicity stunt (it is) or a serious effort to force Republican back to the table on gun control (it isn’t) matters not. These Democrats are playing a dangerous game, undermining the very fabric of our republic. What they are advocating is nothing short of mob rule—he who throws the biggest tantrum gets his way. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan needs to deal with this the way parents of toddlers deal with tantrums—firmly and decisively. What you never, ever do when faced with a tantrum is give in to the demands, whether they’re issued by a two-year-old or an aging civil rights leader. Capitulation guarantees more of the emotional blackmail and it will be worse the next time if you reward it. The sooner Ryan shuts this thing down, the better.

Make no mistake. If this mob is allowed to essentially take over the House and these anarchists get their way, we are done as a country. Finished. In a few years we’ll all be reminiscing about our once-great country, talking about what a great run we had with this constitutional republic experiment.