NRA Explore
APPEARS IN News

Election Day: When "We The People" Rule

Friday, November 12, 2010

At Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln distilled the essence of American freedom as "government of the people, by the people and for the people." In honoring those who gave their all for that unique principle, he pledged it would "not perish from the earth."

But Lincoln could not have envisioned U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ?Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, or Reps. Alcee Hastings and Pete Stark as keepers of that torch.

Today, with the ruling class`s singular arrogance of power exercised from the White House to the halls of Congress, Americans could well see the end of ?President Lincoln`s vision.

I have never seen anything like the nightmare of "change" the Obama administration and its allies in Congress have brought, or the distortion and dishonesty and outright lies that mark their governing strategy.

Consent of the governed is built around rules and an honorable process beginning with the Constitution. It is built around openness, where ordinary Americans can examine and question both executive and legislative measures. In both houses of Congress that process has historically meant stability, where time is on the side of citizens to study and react to open consideration of legislative action. It is essential to successful grassroots activism.

In writing the original rules of the U.S. Senate, Thomas Jefferson penned a short first section, "The Importance Of Adhering To Rules," in which he warned, "There should be a rule to go by … It is very material that order, decency and regularity, be preserved in a dignified public body."

Juxtapose that with the actions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

I could never have imagined a time when a Speaker would stand before the American people and explain away a bill hatched in total secrecy by saying, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

She added, "away from the fog of the controversy." Let me translate that: "Fog of controversy" means light of day; public discourse. It means deliberation in open hearings. It means telling the truth. Above all, it means "government of the people, by the people and for the people."

But under Pelosi`s ever-changing rules, passing a bill demands literally locking the doors of committee rooms so that opponents—duly elected representatives—cannot participate in the legislative process. It means no public hearings. It means secret legislation seen and understood only by her chosen few. It means locking the people—the governed—out of the process. And this could happen to us on any Second Amendment issue, or criminal justice bill or hunting and conservation measure.

As someone who has spent his life working on Capitol Hill on behalf of gun owners, I can tell you this destruction of rules and order by the political class is deeply significant and dangerous. The rules of the House and Senate are critical to assure fair and just hearings on national issues under deliberation. They have always been key to NRA victories during the past 30 years, no matter which party is in control. We have won with supporters and allies who are Democrats and Republicans, for ours is a bipartisan issue.

But since the advent of the Obama-Pelosi "change," the rules of behavior, of honor and of legislative conduct have been replaced by lies and deceit.

Florida congressman Alcee Hastings, a key member of the all-powerful House Rules Committee, explained it this way:

"There ain`t no rules here, we`re trying to accomplish something … All this talk about rules … When the deal goes down … We make `em up as we go along."

At the time, Hastings and Pelosi were pushing for a "rule" that would allow legislation "deemed" to be passed, without any floor debate or a vote.

Hastings, a former federal judge impeached and thrown off the bench and disbarred for corruption and judicial misconduct, is a key member of the NRA "F-Troop." Like Pelosi, he is an activist supporter of confiscatory gun bans, thus earning an "F" rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund.

Imagine a day when a gun ban could be "deemed" into law. Or an anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court nominee could be "deemed" confirmed, thereby tipping the balance on the high court and reversing our hard-fought victories in the Heller and McDonald cases.

None of this can happen if we break the f-Troop`s lock on power in the ?U.S. House and Senate.

So far, NRA has not been directly savaged under these Alice-in-Wonderland "rules," but I have no doubt that our time will come. And neither should you.

Never forget Feinstein`s fondest hope to pass an outright ban: "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn `em all in." Asked last year when she planned to fulfill that hope, she said, "I will pick the time and place." I believe her and, come Nov. 2, we must make sure she won`t get that chance.

On Nov. 2, not only the future of the Second Amendment is at stake, but the very future of our country as we know and love it. As Freedom`s Army, it is up to each of us to get friends, co-workers and family to the polls. Without a massive grassroots effort by "we the people," our liberty will slip away or downright perish.

Vote to keep "consent of the governed" the American ideal and the American way of life. Vote Freedom First.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Politics
TRENDING NOW

Friday, August 28, 2015

Federal Court Finds Due Process Violation in NY County's Confiscated Gun Policy

This week, a federal court ruled that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department could not rely on its "retention ...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Smoke and Mirrors: Seattle Sales Tax

This week, the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), firearms retailers, and private ...

News  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Call Guinness, New Record in Gun Control Stupidity

Despite the best efforts of the Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg's Everytown, a small group in suburban Chicago ...

News  

Friday, August 28, 2015

White House, Media Mislead on Crime Trends, Ignore Evidence that Could Save More Lives

Tragedy strikes – and the White House immediately shifts into exploitation mode, trying to use raw emotion to ...

News  

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Decade Later, Remember New Orleans … Gun Confiscation Can (and Has) Happened in America

August 29th marks the 10-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, La. The memory of the ...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

California: Los Angeles Will be Sued to Invalidate Newly Passed Ordinance Banning So-Called “Large-Capacity Magazines”

The NRA is supporting a lawsuit challenging the ordinance.  After a two year delay, the Los Angeles City ...

News  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Research Findings a Blow to Anti-gun Academics

For decades, anti-gun academics have attacked firearms and firearm owners by conducting “research” that purportedly offers insight into ...

News  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Walmart Discontinues Selling America’s Most Popular Rifle

Americans acquiring the most popular rifle in the country will now be doing so only from traditional firearm ...

News  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weird Science

As gun owners see all too often, a favored tactic of the gun control crowd is to provide ...

Hunting  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Texas: Will You Vote to Protect Your Right to Hunt and Fish in November?

All too often people take for granted basic freedoms until it is too late.  The right to hunt ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.