I ignore the news for a few days and when I come back I find that members of the United States Senate have decided to suspend our democratic form of government.
I wrote a blog a little over a week ago asking why we bother voting.It turns out that this was premature, there was more to come. Sadly with the way Barack Obama acted during the campaign with his Black Panther "security" at polling places, his harassment of anyone who dared question him on the radio, and his cozy relationship with ACORN, this "why do we vote" blog is more likely to become an ongoing series rather than end any time soon.
The latest installment is the continuing effort of Al Franken to steal the US Senatorial election in Minnesota. I was reading this article when I came across this little nugget. The discussion is over Franken losing an appeal over absentee ballots that he wanted counted. Emphasis mine.
"Whether it is at the county level, before the Canvassing Board, before the courts or before the United States Senate, we don't know yet. But we remain confident these votes will be counted," Elias said. (ed. note Marc Elias, Franken legal chief)
The board's decision drew a response from the Senate's top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, who called it a "cause for great concern."
"As the process moves forward, Minnesota authorities must ensure that no voter is disenfranchised," Reid said in a statement. "A citizen's right to have his or her vote counted is fundamental in our democracy."
The Senate has in rare cases inserted itself into elections, including a 1996 Louisiana race and a 1974 New Hampshire contest. The body has the power to determine its members' qualifications.
So, there we go. Al Franken has no intention of losing this election, fair or not. I think the message here is abundantly clear, if they cannot bend the laws of Minnesota to get the outcome they desire, they will simply have the Democrats in the Senate overturn the election. Anyone else scared about the next two years?
Call me a purist but I always thought we should defer to the United States Constitution in matters such as this. I submit to you the 17th Amendment:
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.
Evidently we only follow the Constitution most of the time. In extreme circumstances when the Democrats need another Senate seat for a super majority, it appears okay to suspend the Constitution temporarily.
More yet to come...