All hands on deck! Tell your Senators to respect constitutional process
On Tuesday, April 16, Tea Party Patriots is urging all of our members to join activists across the nation protesting the back-room deals that are voted on before anyone can read them. Here are some basic details of the grassroots protests to be aware of.
We urge you to join your fellow patriots as they stand for the Constitution and the American people because when the Senate doesn’t read bills they pass, it doesn’t matter how good or bad the legislation is – our elected officials have failed to do their job.
First, the Senate voted to proceed on a gun bill nobody read. While there may be some debate ahead, it is still unclear if Harry Reid will even allow amendments or not, but most importantly, no Senator should vote to move forward with any legislation that has not been fully vetted.
Two Senators in particular are facing Tea Party pressure, as they should – Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Both of these men were elected thanks to Tea Party support, yet Senator Rubio is the star spokesman for a secretive, small group working on a bill that purports to address illegal immigration and the entire US immigration system as a whole. This bill is already 1,500 pages and no one outside the small working group has read it, meaning legislation that will affect our security, spending, taxes, culture, education, welfare, jobs, etc. is being crafted without input from most of our Senators or the American people. Not only might the legislation be bad policy, it has already gone outside of the normal process.
Meanwhile, Senator Toomey is the man who gave opponents of the 2nd Amendment the best chance they’ve had in decades to violate the Constitution. Not to mention that it’s been reported that the real negotiations took place on Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) yacht. So instead of negotiating in public, they made their deals on a booze cruise.
At the end of the day, both groups of Senators have tried to move their respective bills through the Senate without transparency, public approval, or even analysis.
The crux of the problem is simple: Constitutional process is key to a functioning representative democracy, i.e. a Republic. Transparency, open discussions, and other former mainstays of the political process have been largely abandoned in these debates. As a result, the future of our nation is further in turmoil.
The Senate is supposed to represent the people. With these debates, it is increasingly apparent the Senate largely represents itself and its own interests – violating the principles, traditions, and constitutional values of the American experiment.
We cannot let this stand, so we again urge you to join Protests at your local Senator’s office at noon local time on Tuesday.