More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson said this:
“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Well said, Tom. Sadly, the majority of Nebraska’s Unicameral doesn’t agree.
It’s still true … there are none so blind as those who will not see. 25 of those whom We The People send each year to Lincoln to do our business have demonstrated once again how little they deserve to be there. Displaying a breathtaking degree of ignorance, arrogance and intransigence, the half-baked leftist-oriented cabal that infests the Unicameral chambers voted on Monday, February 22, 2016 to “re-commit” Legislative Resolution 35, i.e., to send it back to committee – which is equivalent to eternal purgatory for proposed legislation.
LR35 is a much-needed and thoughtfully designed resolution to request that a convention of states be called by Congress under Article V of the US Constitution, the purpose of which would be to consider the proposal of certain amendments to that Constitution. The actual wording states:
“The Legislature of the State of Nebraska hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress. “
Anybody here got a problem with imposing fiscal restraint on the federal government? Or limiting its power and jurisdiction? Or term limits for federal politicians? Me neither.
Yet 25 members (at least) of the Unicam have just declared that those ideas have no appeal for them – they think the way the Fed runs things now is just fine. Oh, several of them will claim that they agree with the intent of LR35, but the process lacks “clarity” … or they worry about a “runaway convention” … or they want to know precisely how such a thing as a convention of states would be constituted … or … or … ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
The fact is, the sponsors/presenters of LR35 (primarily District 32 Senator Laura Ebke) did an excellent job of describing the process, and explaining in some detail how it would work … all to no avail. The ideologically blinded and the morally lame blithely ignored any attempt at explication, and hurried on to other pressing business – such as adjourning until Tuesday.
I found it … uh … interesting … that Senator Ernie Chambers and his loyal henchwoman Senator Tanya Cook (during the “debate” on the resolution) both took the opportunity to launch into incoherent and non-germane racial diatribe – something about how the Constitution was responsible for the maltreatment of their ancestors, and how tormented they both were by the “collective memory” of events 250 years ago. It was almost surreal ….
Several others offered unconvincing objections to the resolution, ranging from the above-mentioned fear of a runaway convention to wondering how delegates to such a convention might be selected (??!!?). I thought Senator McCollister’s criticism was especially lame, lacking both conviction and comprehension; he seemed to be reading from a statement prepared by someone else.
By the way, kudos to Senator Ebke, who did 33 town hall meetings around the state over last summer, fall and winter (at her own expense) to explain and promote LR35.
The roll call vote on the motion to re-commit (i.e., to kill the bill) was as follows:
Voting in the affirmative, 25:
Baker Chambers Hadley Krist Schumacher Bloomfield Cook Hansen McCollister Seiler Bolz Crawford Harr, B. Mello Stinner Brasch Davis Howard Morfeld Sullivan Campbell Haar, K. Kolowski Pansing Brooks Williams
Voting in the negative, 18:
Coash Friesen Hughes Larson Schnoor Craighead Garrett Kintner Lindstrom Watermeier Ebke Groene Kolterman McCoy Fox Hilkemann Kuehn Riepe
Present and not voting, 4:
Gloor Johnson Murante Scheer
Excused and not voting, 2:
This is a vote that I hope will be born in mind when the time comes for all of us to vote for the re-election of at least some of these folks. Remember that at least 25 of them on this day have demonstrably embraced political expediency, or ideology, or willful ignorance rather than doing what is right.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Convention of States/Article V movement, there are several websites available (conventionofstates.com, foavc.com, to name just two), as well as Mark Levin’s excellent book “The Liberty Amendments”.