House Democrats Adopt Martial Law Rule

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UPDATE: Some readers of this post are confusing this with martial law. Please note that “martial law rule” is NOT “martial law”! The Democrats had NOT declared martial law in the United States. That being said, I have no idea why Congress gave this obscure parliamentary rule the alarming name of “martial law rule.” I think they did that out of sheer perversity.
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Keep an especially watchful eye on the lameduck Congress.
Last Wednesday, December 8, the Democrat Majority adopted a Martial Law Rule. This rule allows for the consideration of any legislation, at any time, with very little notice, through December 18.
The Martial Law Rule is a parliamentary procedure so obscure and little known that Wikipedia doesn’t even have an entry on it. The rule is used by Congress to force a vote by dispensing with a longstanding House rule (Rule XIII(6a)) intended to give U.S. Representatives and the public enough time to understand significant legislation. That House rule requires that there be at least one day between a bill’s unveiling and the House floor vote, and can only be suspended if two-thirds of the House agrees. The curiously-named Martial Law Rule dispenses with Rule XIII(6a). Critics on both the left and the right have denounced the tactic, saying it empowers the majority party’s leadership to act in an authoritarian manner and endangers democratic self-government by forcing members to vote blindly on measures demanded by their leaders. [Source]
H/t beloved fellow Tina.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “House Democrats Adopt Martial Law Rule

  1. So much for the Demo-rats as the party of peace, love and naked surfing… we’re seeing the true colors come out.

     
  2. Man, we gotta fix this system in DC…it is so against the will of the people!

     
  3. Let’s be real: we’ve known this was coming for at least 40 years. Some of us have planned accordingly, and will act upon those plans.
    Others will use persuasion and reason [Best of luck! Hint: read Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn’s accounts of Siberian prisons.] to escape ‘preventative detention’ and measures for ‘our own good’, like it or not. But a hard rain has been falling for a long time, and the crops it nourished are greed, racism, hatred, and division of the sheeple.
    We will have a short but vicious new Civil War, and the outcome will be as astronomer Fred Hoyle predicted in my childhood, fifty-five years ago: “There will be nuclear wars: those that survive the first will take a century to rebuild civilization. There will be a second nuclear war, but the survivors will need 1000 years to rebuild. Finally, a crisis will arise, and a politician will demand a nuclear war. But someone will stand up and say: “We’ve done this before, and if we do it again, we will need 10,000 years to rebuild. No more wars.”
    And then there were none.
    Merry Christmas to all, and may grace be your lot, now and forever!

     
  4. WE have no one to blame but ourselves by paying them our taxes. The tea party had the right idea, but no execution of a plan. If a whole state for example decides some day to withdrawl from the system, that would be a start. My guess is that 2/3rd’s of the states would follow suit once the ball gets going. By the way, it only takes 2/3rd’s of the states to have a constitutional convention, whereby it becomes lawful to change the constitution.

     
  5. UPDATE:
    Some readers of this post are confusing this with martial law. Please note that “martial law rule” is NOT “martial law”! The Democrats had NOT declared martial law in the United States. That being said, I have no idea why Congress gave this obscure parliamentary rule the alarming name of “martial law rule.” I think they did that out of sheer perversity.

     
  6. Many thanks for the correction.
    The posting as originally put up had me fooled.

     
    • Sorry you were misled, Joseph. Nowhere in the original post did I ever say the House passed Martial Law. The post clearly said the House approved a Martial Law Rule, which I then defined and explained.

       

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