The Usurping of the U.S.

Via on Oct 18, 2013

GOP house rule screenshot

Treason is defined as, “1.  The betrayal of a trust. 2. The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family.”

During this most recent shutdown, I found the actions of the Republican Party generally, and the Speaker of the House specifically, treasonous.

It’s not because I am now a fairly liberal male who believes my government should care more about the lives of people than in killing them. It’s not because I now believe my tax dollars should be more about funding peaceful security than the kind generated by warfare. No, it is more about my sensitivities as an American male who finds the concentration of power on a certain few deplorable.

It’s about my being an American male who finds the actions of the Republican Party over the last two weeks and effectual taxation without representation.

Why? Because during the shutdown, the Republican Party changed the rule of the House so that no representative other than the Majority Leader, or his designate, could make a motion regarding the shutdown. In other words, many Americans were being taxed without effective representation due to a usurping of the parliamentary process by the Republican Party.

My representative, your representative, was unable to represent us because the ruling party changed the rules.

Take a look at this video if you don’t believe me. Here, it is clearly spelled out.

This concentrated power on one man who, obviously, was under the control of extremists in his own party.

I did not elect my representatives to be slaves to any party or any man. I elected them to represent me, my interests and the interests of my posterity. Sure, my interests may be different than some tea party member, but they are my interests and I vote accordingly. If my vote is part of the majority who elect a representative, I expect that representative to be true to his/her word and represent us as promised.

I also find it completely mind-boggling that the Party who brought a sitting President up on impeachment charges for not admitting under oath to having oral sex in the Oral (er, I mean Oval) Office could find this overt betrayal of the public trust completely within the bounds of common decency.

Actually, I take that back—nothing the GOP does boggles my mind anymore. They aren’t the party they claim to be because I’m not even sure they understand who they are.

Yes, I mention treason and the Republican Party in the same sentence and it frightens me a little bit. The GOP is, after all, the Party of the Patriot Act, illegal wiretaps, arrest without due process, torture and the outright disregard for human rights. It’s true, I wonder if one day I may wake up in a dark room with a towel covering my mouth because of this post, but I’ll save that rant for a future post.

Yet, it ties in nicely to why we tolerate our elected leaders stealing away the power of the people and making it their own. In a society where we tolerate unarmed people being shot at by police, or our police acting like judge, jury and executioner all at the same time, it only seems natural for one man to steal away the people’s power.

Maybe “steal away” isn’t the right phrase since we seem to have given it all away through mind-numbing complacency, and a defeatist attitude that seems to suggest someone else can fix our problems without much input from us.

We blame our elected leaders for our problems but seem to forget that we are the ones who put them there.

We blame a two party system but seem to never entertain another choice. We decry the influx of money into our government yet never do a thing to stop it. We feel powerless because we have given our power away to the chosen few, and we stand idly by while they f*ck us with our own genitals.

Sorry for the profanity, but it seems appropriate. I’m not exactly a high-brow intellectual—I’m more of a street-wise one. I don’t have the polishing of a diplomat. Yet, it doesn’t take much intellect to see when we have been usurped, and it doesn’t take much understanding to see that unless we all step up and start our peaceful, non-violent revolution, we will be doomed to watch the chosen few take all that we have while abusing the very endowment our founders fought and died for.

I do now hope that we can see this video and feel insulted by the actions of House leadership. I hope that we can begin to not only expect, but demand, he be brought up on charges. Now, this is far worse than oral sex in the Oval Office. In fact, it isn’t even in the same league.

It’s time we all stand up and hold these people accountable for their actions, and stop taking “no” for an answer.

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Ed: Cat Beekmans

About Tom Grasso

Tom Grasso is a seeker, pathological meditator, a veteran firefighter and rescue tech, a poet, a blogger (new site), and creative wordsmith. More importantly, he is a father of three (meaning he is also a lecturer, teacher, chef, order taker, taxi driver, coach, mentor and aspirin addict) and has found great joy in sharing his life experience to the benefit of others. Tom is an abuse survivor and a reformed (though unapologetic) bad ass warrior who bares the scars of his adventures and the power of transformation in every word he writes. You can follow Tom on Tumblr , and can find his books on Amazon. You will soon be able to purchase Tom's short stories (and erotica) at www.tomgrasssowriter.com. Don't forget to like his "blog page" at Tom Grasso, Writer on Facebook.  

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6 Responses to “The Usurping of the U.S.”

  1. paul says:

    The power was not given to the Speaker of the House (Boehner) but to the House Majority Leader (Cantor) via the House Committee on Rules (chaired by Sessions) in a 9-4 vote completely down party lines. This is certainly treasonous to democracy, and tragic, but don't forget that Reid and others maintain imaginary rules that subvert democracy, like the declaration of an intent to filibuster being considered equal to actually filibustering, not to mention the many secret rules that legalize spying, torture and infinite detention. There is also the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP, a "free trade" agreement among the larger Pacific-coast countries) the Obama administration has been working on with multinational corporations and other member countries, but without Congress. Lesser-evils (for lack of a better term): the same as any evil, just flirtier.

    • @tomgrasso says:

      That is correct. Thank you for the correction. Still, it doesn't change the spirit of the post.

      • paul says:

        The spirit of the post pretty much mirrors my own feelings, with the caveat that it's not just Republicans or two-party politics, but both party's leadership playing the same games, often with the same goals or effects, that are anti-democratic. We are usually offered with-or-against politics, so I think it's important to mention similar offenses of the "other" party, even when in this case Republican leadership is clearly at fault, so we can act on issues rather than party.

        Compared to the shocking and disgusting the rule change, the Speaker-Leader distinction is minor; I'm very glad to see the rule change discussed here.

  2. DaveTelf says:

    Here here! Bravo! Best elej article ever.

    Seems to me that at least half of our elected representatives are ripe to be taken up on charges of some sort.

    I share the fear of being silenced for my dissent (http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/08/what-can-citizens-say-to-be-heard/), but at this point we'd better wake each other up real quick, before we're in real and present danger.

    I have faith. Articles like this help fan the spark into a flame.

    • @tomgrasso says:

      I wonder, Dave, if there is enough heat to generate a flame. I just don't feel the energy outside of the fringe elements of the political system.

      • DaveTelf says:

        I wonder too. The apathy, inertia and active ignorance I observe in people is troubling to say the least. I would like to imagine that when it comes down to it, US troops will refuse to fire on US citizens, for example. Except the real world examples we have (treatment of occupy protesters; military law lockdown of Boston after the marathon bombing) suggest otherwise. The culturally embedded brainwashing techniques are highly sophisticated at this late date. Even the Snowden revelations, which should serve as a major wake up call and rally the masses to action, are already succumbing to the inanity of the 24 hr news cycle.

        If TPP is enacted, I'll know it's time to panic. In the meantime, I think of Braveheart. There's no way they can defeat the cavalry, unless… "we'll make spears." Of what do our metaphorical spears consist in this instance? I don't know. But we'd better get to whittling.

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