by Kevin T. Rice, The Naked Ontologist, guest blogger for teresamerica
Nancy Pelosi and the Demo-s in the House are "exploring" a new "strategy" (translation: plotting a new naked power grab) - "Deem And Pass". Say it six (not 666) times fast: deemandpass deeman'pass deem'n'pass deemnpass deemonpass demonpass. Under this Demon Pass Scenario, the House Demoncrats will deem the Senate Health Care Bill to have passed the House. That way, even though it isn't so, they can lie and, by the act of lying, make it "true". That's how things work in hell - this is a diabolical mocking reversal of how God is Biblically depicted as having created real things by declaring them to exist. When the government imports a "strategy" from Satan, they should consider the source and what their imitation implies about them.
Is this genuine? Are they serious? Are they being honest here? Are they that desperate? This is so blatantly and obviously unconstitutional that I can't help but wonder - is the real strategy not one that they are contemplating, but one that they are actually attempting right now? Is it in operation even as I write about it? Is the strategy that they are "exploring" not so much the use of Demon Pass, but the making public of such a possibility to mold public opinion to their liking? Is this a feint?
By now the reader is wondering, "How could this be a PR move? It is obviously going to make us even more outraged than we were before!"
Yes, and maybe that is the point. Think back to when you were a kid. If you were a clever kid and you wanted to get your parents in the proper state of mind to consider something that they were bound to judge as very undesirable or bad, you would prime them by implying something much worse - get them to imagine or believe something really terrible, and then let them off the hook by revealing that it wasn't as bad as all that, it was only --such and such--. It was about getting THEm to think of --such and such-- as ONLY --such and such--. It's ONLY an overnight trip...It's ONLY one D (instead of three F's). It's ONLY reconciliation (nuclear option), not demon pass.
Is this an attempt to get us to think of Reconciliation (the nuclear option) in a different way - not as the Naked Power Grab that Joe Biden rightly labelled it as when the Republicans were trying it under Bush, but as "ONLY Reconciliation ". Is this a way to get us to heave a sigh of relief and say "Whew! At least there was a majoritarian vote. At least it was SOMEWHAT constitutional."
Or is this merely the first hit in a one-two punch assault intended to K.O. the constitution? If they can't get a majority vote in the House any other way, will they use Demon Pass, and THEN use the nuclear option to seal the deal?