New overlord Eric Cantor’s coup d’état of the House is burning up American airwaves right now — except, of course, over at Fox. In the real world, though, anyone who isn’t living under a rock has either read our article or seen this incredibly disturbing video. But, as you might expect, there’s a lot more to this story than a simple late-night procedural change.
John Boehner, the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers have been carefully positioning their pawns in preparation for this strike for years. Carefully, they moved, manipulated and bought their way into one of the most quietly powerful arms of our Congress: The House Rules Committee.
In the video, you can see Democrat Chris Van Hollen call speaker pro tempore Jason Chaffetz out on a quiet little rule change that occurred the night before the Republicans shut down our government. Namely, it was a subtle little parliamentary change that gave the power to bring bills to the House floor only to the Majority leader– in this case, Republican Eric Cantor.
Make no mistake: the words “coup d’état” are an absolutely accurate assessment of what just happened. A “coup” is the
“Sudden deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment.”
In this case, that “existing state establishment” is “our Democracy as it has existed for 200 years.” This absolutely unprecedented rule change puts the power of Law and the nation’s budget in the hands of one man, effectively negating the existence of all other former representatives who, at this point, are little more than paid seat fillers. Especially if they oppose Eric Cantor. (Here’s the actual resolution, H.R. 368.)
Are you LISTENING, TEA PARTY?
You’ve been screaming about “tyranny,” “coups” and “fascist takeovers of our representative government” since the black guy was elected. THAT’S WHAT JUST HAPPENED.
And, guess what…YOU did it.
But, how did the Koch Brothers, Eric Cantor, the Tea Party and John Boehner suddenly gain the power to change our nations rules as they saw fit?
The “United States House Committee on Rules” does exactly what it sounds like it does: It sets the rules and procedures in the House. The Rules Committee’s incredible power to rewrite the operation of the House at it saw fit has been known and feared as a potential weapon since 1910, when Joseph Gurney Cannon used the Rules Committee to centralize the power of the Speakership. Which, ironically, is what later gave John Boehner the power to appoint Teabagger Pete Sessions to the post of Chairman of the Rules Committee in 2012.
Sessions is a member in good standing of the Tea Party Caucus, and he’s not alone on the committee — which is currently controlled 9 to 4 by right-wing Republicans. Rob Bishop, Rich Nugent, and Michael Burgess are all members of the Tea Party, and they were all appointed by Pete Sessions and John Boehner. Three of the Republican members are from Florida and two are from Texas.
If you’re keeping track, that’s one confirmed Teabagger on the Rules committee for every Democrat — and the remaining five votes belong to bought-and-paid-for Republicans.
Still wondering how Eric Cantor got away with his coup? He did it by stacking the deck with traitors, and keeping them in place like a sleeper cell, waiting for exactly this moment to strike.
Still think the shutdown wasn’t planned?
But every terrorist needs a sponsor, and those who staged this coup on our democracy are no exception.
See if you can detect the trend here. These are the top five campaign contributions for a few of our favorite arbiters of former democracy:
PETE SESSIONS (CHAIRMAN)
|New York Life Insurance||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$7,600||$2,600||$5,000|
|George Lewis Inc||$5,200||$5,200||$0|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|Central Fl Urology||$3,500||$3,500||$0|
|Energy Future Holdings Corp||$6,000||$1,000||$5,000|
|American Academy of Dermatology Assn||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|American College of Cardiology||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
Before anything else, it’s worth mentioning that there is scarcely a Republican Governor, or one in the House, Senate or formerly White House that the Koch Brothers haven’t paid at one point or another. But it’s a matter of perspective; $8,000 in donations isn’t much if you’re John Boehner, but it’s quite a bit if you’re Michael Burgess.
So, it helps to have some broke guys/girls on your side. The types who don’t attract millions in campaign dollars — if you’re the guy who gets those campaign dollars.
Take, for instance that “Every Republican is Crucial” PAC that was Nugent’s Number 1 contributor. ERiC, as it’s called is a PAC operated by (HA!) Committee chair and new overlord of America Eric Cantor. Who says the narcissistic douche doesn’t have a sense of humor? As a matter of fact, ERiC is so funny that he’s handed out money to literally every other Republican on the committee.
As a matter of fact, between Boehner’s Freedom Project PAC and Committee Chair Pete Session’s equally hilarious “PETE,” the three politicians have sent money into the bank accounts of every non-major-PAC-owning Republican on the committee; in a few cases (like Nugent’s) a few times over.
Lest you think the Koch Brothers haven’t been DIRECTLY funneling money to the Rules Committee, take a moment to think this over:
In 2012 alone, Koch Industries sent over $35,000 directly to the House Rules Committee…but only to the Republicans on that Committee. So, you tell us: Exactly what interest would the owners of Georgia Pacific and oil interests have in changing the rules by which the House operates? And if it wasn’t specifically to advance the agenda of their Tea Party darlings, then why didn’t a single Democrat on the Rules Committee see a dime of that $35,000? Could it be because there was no point in bribing Democrats, who they knew would vote against the coup they had planned one year later?
But, you know…fertilizer manufacturers like the Kochs spend a lot of money on pieces of shit. So maybe that just happens.
Pete Sessions and the rest of his Dark Money and Koch-funded friends have washed away our founding fathers’ blood with rivers of green. They are traitors to our democracy, who sold out for pieces of paper printed with the faces of the men who created this democracy upon them.
David and Charles Koch
You. Are. Traitors.