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"Slaughter Strategy" Is An Affront To The Constitution

By Steve Schippert | March 11, 2010

Lose sight of what you are defending and defense isn't all that important, is it?

This simple reminder compels us to shift focus for the moment from our combative enemies and onto that which we defend. We do not engage in such rigorous defense - in its many forms - simply to preserve soil or borders or lives. We engage in rigorous defense of ideas. Ideas embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. We do not defend simply the shores and borders and people of America. We defend - rigorously - so much more than that. We defend what it means to be American. We defend what it is that inspires so many countless others to risk life, limb and treasure to get to America even still.

And, to put it plainly, there is tyranny afoot and it must be confronted and defeated with confidence, determination and passion. The confrontation is not about health care or any other piece of legislation. It is not about politicians, politics or parties.

The confrontation is about process. The confrontation is about fidelity to the Constitution.

House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter says she is "prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill." She continued, explaining how House passage of a separate bill containing "changes" to the Senate version would lead House leadership to "deem" the actual Senate HealthCare Bill passed - without a direct vote.

This is not simply tyrannical in nature, it is absolute political cowardice.

Whether any American likes or dislikes any bill - any bill - none of us are governed under a Constitution nor any Congress within a Constitution that affords for an individual in an elected body to "deem" anything. We elected you, for better or worse, to vote on legislation, whether we like the specific outcome or not. There is a process within both the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

The notion of anyone "deeming" anything "passed" without going through the actual voting process of real passage is the kind of governance seen in Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Bashar Assad's Syria or Castro's Cuba.

Few things in this lifetime have inspired such furious rage as this brazen attempt to undermine the legislative process as set forth within the Constitution of the United States.

In 1985, I swore an oath. It was not an oath to defend soil, borders or even lives. It was to defend something vastly more important than any of them, revered as they are. I swore the following:

"I, Steve Schippert, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

That oath stands honored - and, frankly, more thoroughly understood and respected - to this day, long after my 8 years of active duty service as a United States Marine.

Nowhere under that oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States is it stated or implied to include defending the right of any individual in an elected Congressional body to have the power, through assumption or parliamentary "rules changes," to "deem" anything passed without the majority consent (through votes) of the full elected body of Congress.

I understand, House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter, that this may be lost on you.

Understand that it is not lost on me. Understand that it is especially not lost on veterans who view the Constitution as something more than an artifact and a museum piece.

Understand that the blood spilled and lives lost on historic battlefields here and on distant shores abroad were not sacrificed in order that an individual in government might acquire the power to deem fundamental changes to America's systems or society. Blood, treasure and lives have been sacrificed standing against precisely that, which is an affront to the concept of "consent of the governed" and individual Liberty.

"Deem" a single thing as "passed" and I and many others will go broke and into bankruptcy driving you and those who stand with you out of our House of Representatives in order to preserve and restore fidelity to the Constitution within our own government.

Discount this at your peril. For it should not be lost upon you or others that men who have sworn (and likewise performed) that the Constitution of the United States is worth more than any of our individual lives would likewise also hold that it is worth more than our mere monetary treasure, be it modest or great.

A wise man once warned a foreign enemy that "there is a price we will not pay and there is a line you must not cross." Ms. Slaughter, you and those who stand with you are standing on that line.

No man, no bill, no law, no program, no amount of treasure is worth more than the Constitution of the United States of America. We swore to defend this, not simply soil or to merely fight wars when so ordered.

I, Steve Schippert, do solemnly swear that I still support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I still bear true faith and allegiance to the same. So help me God.

And I am not alone. I am, in fact, in the majority of Americans - not in opposition to the legal passage of a Health Care bill that I do not agree with. But rather in opposition to an individual in any elected body with the assumed or altered power to "deem" any legislation passed without proper vote as proscribed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Our Constitution does not afford for the legislating of tyranny, nor for "rules changes" to affect the same.

This we will defend.

Lose sight of what you are defending and defense isn't all that important, is it?

United States of America

6 Comments

Good article, particularly on the constitutional issue. I can't get too excited about Rep. Slaughter's tyrannical onslaught. After all, this is the person who thought it would be persuasive in the health care debate to tell us about a poor woman who had to wear her dead sister's teeth. It speaks volumes that Pelosi and the Dems put this apparent moron in charge of House Rules.

HEAR! HEAR! This Army veteran stands with you!

So say we all.

Oohrah, jarhead; now and forever.

I entered the Navy in 1964; I am still bound by the oath as are many of my friends. I am willing to defend the constitution but no politicians that rail against it.

I am the mother of two sons in the military. One is a marine and one is in special forces. They are both active duty and have had several tours. I stand with you and support you in this, but is there any way to make this more of a combined effort. A few thousand will not cut it. We need to join with other groups and take this message to a broader audience. In that endeavor, I will help where I can and I implore everyone else to do the same. Together we make a formidable force, alone we will not accomplish anything.

Thought this letter to Senator Chambliss of Georgia might be of interest. Wayne J. Behrle
Dear Senator Chambliss: 03 / 21 / 2010

Our Nation is at a critical juncture in our History.

What happens tomorrow, the 03/21/2009, in the House of Representatives as to the passage of the “Socialist” Health Care Legislation is the start of a slippery slide to WAR, here in the United States of America. Why?

Because on December 18 of 2009 , “acting” President Obama made an attempt to overthrow the United States Government through his drive to Ratify The Global Warming Treaty in Copenhagen, Denmark, which contained provisions that formed a New United Nations “SOCIALEST” WORLD GOVERNMENT, which would become the Ruling Authority OVER The United States of America.

The Treaty was not ratified due in large part to the efforts of Lord Christopher Monckton who, after sounding the warning below, continued to speak out against the Treaty/Government formation and being an expert in Atmospheric Science also Gave a major presentation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference which clearly showed that the evidence for Global Warming was false. This was the reason former VP Al Gore left the conference early, without giving his presentation, saying he had to check his data.

Although the Treaty was not ratified a agreement was signed by “acting” President Obama and many other World Leaders which apparently continued the drive to form an all powerful United Nation's “ SOCIALEST” WORLD GOVERNMENT.

Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher before the Minnesota Free Market Institute~ October14, 2009

LORD MONCKTON’S WARNING TO AMERICA

“So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom in the world. It is a privilege merely to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free. But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your humanity away forever. And neither you nor any subsequent government you may elect will have any power whatsoever to take it back. That is how serious it is. I’ve read the treaty. I’ve seen this stuff about (world) government and climate debt and enforcement. They are going to do this to you whether you like it or not.

But, I think it is here, here in your great nation, which I so love and I so admire — it is here that perhaps, at this eleventh hour, at the fifty-ninth minute and fifty-ninth second, you will rise up and you will stop your president from signing that dreadful treaty, that purposeless treaty. For there is no problem with climate and, even if there were, an economic treaty does nothing to (help) it.”

Senator Chambliss:

I have been a supporter of yours for many years and during that time, with the exception of your vote for conformation of Eric Holder for Attorney General, you have been a constant Patriotic supporter of The United States of America and our Military, and I believe you love our country and the people of the State of Georgia.

Do to your position of high respect among your fellow Senators and Representatives you can help stop Obama's forward momentum at this time, for if this odorous bill passes what will stop the passage of Cap and Trade which will lead to the formation of this New World government and the many gun control bills and gun control treaties that are already in preparation. Please present copies of this Fax to as many Representatives as you can.

IF OBAMA AND COMPANY IS NOT STOPPED NOW!!

THIS WILL surely lead to ALL OUT WAR HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to save the Republic.

By the Grace of God the over 30 Million Angry, Heavily Armed, well trained and ready to fight American Patriots, both in and out of the Military, will Win. Sincerely, Wayne J. Behrle

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