Wednesday, February 27, 2019

UPDATED - GOP is a cult, not a political party. In violating their oaths of office, they've given up any claim on governing.

Today, Tuesday Feb. 26, the House voted on the resolution brought by Rep. Joaquin Castro. Only 13 Republicans voted for it.

Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622), the national emergency declared by the finding of the President on February 15, 2019, in Proclamation 9844 (84 Fed. Reg. 4949) is hereby terminated.

The House clerk reports the result (updated Tuesday, 6:32 PM). (As of 3:30, the time of my original post, no Republicans had voted for it.)

H RES 144 YEA-AND-NAY 26-Feb–2019 6:32 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution BILL TITLE: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 46) relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019

So the resolution passed on a mainly party-line vote.

I gotta ask: who are these 182 Republicans? What do they have against our constitution?

Jennifer Rubin has some answers in her column, Republicans like this demonstrate the party’s intellectual collapse.

Republicans for the Rule of Law’s ad aptly demonstrates the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the right, which took the separation of powers seriously only when a Democrat was in the White House.

“If Republicans were against executive overreach then, they should be against it now.”

Republican hypocrisy is so glaring that one can only stare in amazement when self-proclaimed conservatives twist and turn to avoid confronting an out-of-control executive. Sometimes the display of spinelessness is downright embarrassing …

Rubin provides transcripts from CBS News interviews with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep.Adam Kinzinger (R-ILL.). For example:

MARGARET BRENNAN: But do you think this is constitutional for the president–


MARGARET BRENNAN: –to bypass the power of the purse strings of Congress?

REP. KINZINGER: I do. Yes. Yes, because in this case like I said at the beginning, if this was just about immigration I would disagree. I do think this is a security threat.

And on he went. No evidence of an emergency doesn’t prevent him from insisting there is one. No presidential power grab is alarming enough to force him to defend his coequal branch of government. What a shabby performance.

Republicans’ blather, evasion and lack of candor should remove any doubt that the party is now motivated by a single message: Defend whatever Trump says.

A political party must be more than a cult. As currently constituted, the Republican Party no longer stands for constitutional democracy; as such, it should be banished from government.

With apologies to those 13 Republicans who voted for the resolution, 6.7% is a pretty poor showing for a party cult that wraps itself in the flag and our constitution.

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