Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Pelosi prescient on self-perpetuation
Persisting in pressuring Members to vote for the unpopular and partisan healthcare overhaul bill, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presciently quipped, "We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress."
By jamming this expensive and intrusive healthcare legislation through Congress with political bribes and kickbacks crafted in closed-door deals, partisan ideologues have demeaned the democratic process. These political bribes and kickbacks have included special deals for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, union lobbyists, the American Medical Association, and holdout Senators Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu and Nebraska's Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson.
Now they would trample the last vestiges of comity in Congress by using the "reconciliation" maneuver to bypass bipartisanship.
John Adams warned that "rivalries must be controlled, or they will throw all things into confusion; and there is nothing but despotism or a balance of power which can control them (Adams, John, Discourses on Davila, No. 15 (1790)." Despotic politicians who try to ram this bill through Congress will face a voter revolt in November that restores the "balance of power" to the people.