Monday, in a phone interview with progressive leaders, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi indicated she intends to move forward with an unconstitutional maneuver that would allow the House to deem the Senate Obamacare bill passed in House without actually voting on the bill.
According to Article I, section 7 of the United States Constitution a bill must be passed by both the House and Senate before it can become law.
But, in the maneuver aptly named, “Slaughter Rule”, members will simply vote on a rule that says the Senate version of the bill passed the House even though it didn’t and not one single vote was ever cast. This allows them to then move forward with their unprecedented plan to use reconciliation to pass a bill the overwhelming majority of Americans do not want.
To further complicate matters, the bill grants the federal government authorities it constitutionally lacks to force its citizens to take of their property (money in this case) and purchase with it a service such as health insurance.
If the President and Congress resort to the Slaughter Rule to pass healthcare reform, it can be considered nothing short of an act of tyranny upon the people.
In Second Treatise of Civil Government political philosopher John Locke wrote that one’s political obligation is based solely on tacit consent, meaning as long as the government protects property, life, liberty and estate. If the government fails to do so, then it is the right of its citizens to resist.
It was Locke’s belief that the tyrannical act of infringing on the rights of its citizens is to be considered nothing short of an act of war upon the people. Therefore, the people’s right to self-defense takes over and justifies rebellion.
In the Federalist Papers Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson adopted Locke’s justification for their own rebellion against England.
Our nation now stands at the precipice. Let us pray that our representatives in Washington are smart and brave enough to reverse course. For if they do not, rebellion may be the only recourse we have left.