It’s official — the TEApublicans have usurped power in a bloodless coup!
The TEApublicans in the House have changed and rigged the rules in order to prevent the government shutdown from ending until they, and they alone, decide to end it. The Rules Committee has rewritten the rule allowing any member to move to bring a motion to vote to end the shutdown to the floor.
Under this modification of the rules only the majority leader or his designate is allowed to make such a motion.
This rule change, which was scandalously snuck through in the dead of night without any debate or oversight, puts the exclusive authority to proceed into the disgusting, grubby paws of the majority leader, Eric Cantor — in effect shutting the Democrats out of the process. Even drunk orange John Boehner can’t bring up a vote.
This amounts to a takeover of our democracy by the TEApublicans simply because they do not like the outcome of our democratic elections — the will of the people! It is an unconscionable act of treason that must not be allowed to stand.
You can watch as Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) struggles for five minutes to get Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-CA), who was serving as the Speaker pro tempore in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, to admit this atrocity below.