Super Congress - Where's That In The Constitution?

By Chris W
The Libertarian Patriot

So John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid have plotted a coup to shred the last remaining vestiges of the Constitution by forming a "Super Congress" which would consolidate legislative power into the hands of a Counsel of Twelve, thereby shutting out the input of the other 523 members of Congress.

Sure they will tell us this is a one time only deal to solve the illusionary debt ceiling crisis, but when is any usurpation by Leviathan not permanent? To me this smacks of another case of not letting a good crisis go to waste.

If they are allowed to go down this road, we may as well sign the death certificate and declare our republican form of government dead.

HuffPo
Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers -- six from each chamber and six from each party.

Legislation approved by the Super Congress -- which some on Capitol Hill are calling the "super committee" -- would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn't be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who'd have the ability only to cast an up or down vote.
Via Memeorandum

5 comments:

  1. All hail Senator Palatine! Isn't this similar what the Senate did during the Clone Wars in the Star Wars Trilogy only they gave the power to the Supreme Chancellor? That turned out great, didn't it? Who would decide who will be members of this "super congress". It's clearly a violation of the constitution as there's no foundation of such a branch. What powers would this congress have over the other branches of government? Who would be responsible for enforcement of their laws? What checks and balances will these laws have? Since they're not elected, how are they any different than the appointments of Czars? This is a one way path to a dictatorial government. The final raising of the temperature to the boiling frog that will now realized he's being cooked but no longer can do anything about it.

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  2. The Star Wars scenario had its basis the marginalization of the Roman senate. Lucas himself said that Palpatine was based in part on Julius Caesar. The point is that power grabs in the name of expediency and emergency are as old as the republican form of government. The Libertarian Patriot is right to be nervous about this proposal.

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  3. Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of administrators too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.

    We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds... we will have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants!

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  4. As an aside, I find some humor in this. When I read that Reid was coming up with an alternative proposal which would raise the debt ceiling by over two trillion without increasing taxes, I figured it would be worse than anything the Republicans had proposed, and the part about no taxes was probably in name only. However, I didn't think it could really be worse than the "backup plan" of raising the debt ceiling with no strings attached, and I figured it would at worst only be on-par with Obama's $1.2 trillion tax hike proposal.

    Who knew I could be so wrong. Kudos to you, Senator Reid: by making a mockery of the Constitution and our entire governmental framework, and reclaiming your rightful place as the most ridiculously asinine person in a government filled with imbeciles, you have succeeded in producing a plan which makes even the atrociously horrible "backup plan" seem palatable in comparison.

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