Our Democracy

Barack Obama tells graduates at Ohio University today:

Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

Perhaps those voices are on to something… Here’s Alcee Hastings on “our” democracy:

“When the deal goes down, uh… All this talk about, uh… rules? We make ’em up, as we go along.”

Thus it was that Obamacare was never passed in full by the House. Pelosi made up the rules as she went along. The will of the American people was expressly ignored by Democrats in Congress to inflict Obamacare on us. In fact, we the people had to pass the bill to find out what was in it, according to Pelosi.

It was funny (and not a little terrifying) to see how quickly “our” democracy bent to Obama’s will. Then the system of checks and balances came into play to claim a little of the Democrats’ power. Now, after an embarrassing attempt to pass new gun controls on his own, Barack Obama gets up an preaches seriously about our democracy. In other words, when Congress misbehaves, it’s our democracy. Heh.

  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane Eichenauer

    If the rules were followed then Obamacare is the law. If the rules weren’t followed then why hasn’t Boehner and Company sued to have the law declared invalid?

  • Quincy


    That’s what makes Pelosi’s “deem-and-pass” nonsense so offensive. Rule-making immediately preceded the votes, so Pelosi did in fact follow the rules. However, the spirit of the Constitution was ignored by the trick. The final bill was never presented to the House. Only the amendments and a self-executing clause that deemed the Senate bill to have been passed.

    However, if this is indeed our democracy, why was all this necessary to override resistance in the house?

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