Less than 48 hours until a DC Intervention
WHAT: Go to your Senator’s local office with a sign or a flag (or both) and hold a sign waving protest outside the office, then deliver a letter inside. *Note* This is a protest at your Senator’s LOCAL office.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
TIME: Noon, local time.
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 allow amendments or not. Even so, 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 violated normal process.
Meanwhile, Senator Toomey is the man who gave opponents of the 2nd Amendment the best chance they’ve had in decades to trample the Constitution. It’s also 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.
Ever since the 17th Amendment was ratified, 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.
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