Bad news for democracy,via the Occupy Democrats website:
As if the American people needed any more warning that House Republicans were set to commit even more heinous acts of legislative terrorism once Donald Trump is sworn in, they just passed a bill to ban Democrats from filming or photographing the debates in the House Chamber. The proposed legislation would refer members of the House to the Ethics Committee and would levy [huge] fines against those who would record Congressional business.And here's the gist:
It’s a clearly undemocratic move to shield the Republican-strangled House from the things they are already salivating at the thought of doing – like gutting Social Security and Medicare, and replacing them with a for-profit voucher system, repealing Obamacare, privatizing veteran’s healthcare, opening up our national parks for fossil fuel developers, cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, passing abortion bans, deregulating Wall Street, slashing taxes for the rich and the wealthy…the list goes on and on. So much is at stake here, and the public MUST be aware of just exactly what these spineless, honorless cowards are planning to do to the working people of this country.Read up, people:
wisely opined this afternoon, "You know, I think a good rule of thumb is this: if you're a Congressperson or Senator doing something on the job you would be ashamed/embarrassed/damaged by if your constituents saw you doing it, maybe you shouldn't be doing it."
Prepare for an unprecedented onslaught on American civil liberties, people, as cretins like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell prepare to serve their corporate masters, and do their dirty deeds entirely behind closed doors.
Here's our sodden closing quote, as we contemplate all this:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard -- H. L. Mencken
Happy 2017, people.