Opinion by AAABTonto:
The Republican Party could screw up a train wreck. Are you frustrated? I am frustrated; the Republican Party is dysfunctional. They don’t really care about limited government or their conservative base. They apparently are quite comfortable with being submissive to the progressive Democrats as long as they remain ensconced in their beltway cocoon.
Mitch McConnell got it right, but he failed to coral his fellow Republican senators in following his lead. Senator Mitch McConnell Explains Why He Will Vote AGAINST Gun Control Bill:
Senator Mitch McConnell Explains Why He Will Vote AGAINST Gun Control Bill
So, what would happen; would the senate Republicans defend the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment? Or would they cave in to the shameless politicization of the Newtown massacre?
From Rush Limbaugh’s show on 4/12/2013:
RUSH: I got an instant message this morning from a friend of mine who said, “Do you think the Republicans are gonna cave on gun control?” Now, I will be honest with you about what I wrote back, before knowing anything. I mean, I’m aware of the latest, the proposed filibuster and all the debate arguments pro and con. I know what the Democrats want. They want to get guns out of the hands of everybody that’s got them legally. I know the drill. You do, too. I don’t care what they say. I don’t care about their denials. They wish the Second Amendment wasn’t there.
They don’t care what polling data is; they just want control. So I wrote back, and I said, “Well, can you give me any evidence to suggest they won’t cave on gun control?”
The friend wrote back, said, “What do you mean?”
I said, “Well, pick an issue, budget issue, name one. Where have the Republicans, at the end of the day, if not caved, sacrificed greatly in order to forge an agreement?”
There is one instance. They didn’t buckle going into the sequester, and they’re being blamed for the sequester when it was Obama’s idea. So there is that. They did hold firm to that. I wrote back and I said, “The way I’m thinking right now, the Democrats want gun control. The media wants gun control. The Republicans want to be loved by the media, therefore we’re gonna get gun control.”
I think it’s shameless — shameful — this regime, the way they use victims, poor people, as props and pawns. I just saw that a parent of a child killed at Sandy Hook is gonna give the weekly presidential address on Saturday. It’s shameful. You know exactly what the purpose of it’s gonna be. “Well, aren’t you doing the same thing, Rush, you’re taking calls.” No, no, no, no. I’m not dragging people in. I’m not politicizing leukemia. I’m not using leukemia, the Cure-A-Thon here, to advance my political ideas.
I’m not exploiting people that have this disease for the advancement of anything I believe. We are self-contained here. Everything we’re doing in raising money to cure the blood cancers is just that: raise money to cure the blood cancers. I’m not trying to defeat some presidential bill at the same time. Or I’m not trying to advance some Republican idea. So I wouldn’t exploit people that way, and I wouldn’t exploit you. But that’s just me.
… and the Republicans capitulated …
Listen to Harry Reid kiss John McCain’s ass for urinating on the Bill of Rights. Harry Reid isn’t even proceeding with this legislation in a legal manner. Amendments to the constitution require both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve by a two-thirds supermajority vote, a joint resolution amending the Constitution. Amendments so approved do not require the signature of the President of the United States and are sent directly to the states for ratification. Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve said amendment.
Harry Reid is way out of bounds!
Senate Votes To Move Forward On Gun Control Legislation
“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … “
– Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)