I know this really fantastic attorney who is one of the smartest men to ever have lived. He also happens to be related to me. :) He started wondering about the Constitutionality of Porky Pelosi's fascist denial of Republican input on these bills. Here is a copy of his letter. Any lawyers out there want to comment?
February 9, 2009
Committee on Rules – Republicans
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Attn: Congressman David Dreier and
I am a retired attorney and currently an elected Republican P.C.O. in my city. The dictatorial rule of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats is cause for great concern. By overturning Speaker Gingrich's rules, Speaker Pelosi has disenfranchised the entire Republican electorate, and that must be a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution states in Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 that: "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings...." I note that there is discussion on the G.P.O. annotated version of the Constitution that states that the Congress, in its rule making, may not "ignore Constitutional restraints or violate fundamental rights...." There is no more fundamental right than a citizen's full enfranchisement - "one man, one vote." By overturning the open rules established under the Republicans, Speaker Pelosi literally denies to us the power of the vote, the exercise by our Republican representatives of their roles to represent us, shuts us down, and silences our voices. This MUST be a violation of one man, one vote principles. Speaker Pelosi has violated our fundamental rights! "One man, one vote" is well established law.
I suggest that we Republicans sue Speaker Pelosi to allow for full Republican participation in the business of the House of Representatives. In addition, as no Republican amendments were allowed to the stimulus bill, a restraining order against the executive branch might be in order to prevent the execution of the bill (when enacted) pending judicial determination of Speaker Pelosi's unconstitutional rules. Anything enacted during the period when Speaker Pelosi's rules are in effect should be unconstitutional. If you are interested in these ideas, I will volunteer to do research and preparation for such a law suit. We Republicans MUST resist vigorously (for the sake of the entire nation) the end of liberty as we have known it. Please consider this approach seriously. Too much is at stake.