I could make some comment on the irony of the rules name with respect to what will happen to the Democrats should they invoke it, but I’ll pass. Instead let’s focus on more important substantive things.
Personally I’m convinced the Slaughter Rule is unconstitutional based on this little passage from the Constitution, especially given the ruling by the SCOTUS in Cinton vs The City of New York (1998) that requires bills have the exact same text when passed in both houses of Congress:
“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it becomes a Law, be presented to the President of the United States.”
Of course that’s also were the politicians start playing games with the intent of the Constitutional passage that legislation be passed via vote by coming up with twisted procedural rules that undermine American democratic institutions and governance in order to push political agendas.
Regardless, I doubt there is a single American citizen in this country that would agree with the idea that the Congress can pass legislation without having their Representatives actually vote on it in a blatant attempt to undermine representative government and silence the citizenry. And that is ultimately what the Slaughter Rule will do: ignore the will of the people. I doubt any state or citizen would enforce or obey such a broad sweeping legislation that was passed in such a unethical, undemocratic, and un-American fashion.
Does Pelosi, Reid and Co really want to go into November elections embroiled in such a scandalous use of the Slaughter Rule on top of the constitutional legal challenges already facing Obamacare with respect to enumerated powers (essentially the commerce clause), unequal treatment (giving breaks to some states at the expense of others, aka violating Article I Section 9) , discrimination (the race based provisions currently in the health care bill), and the 5th Amendment (taking of private property (e.g. money to pay for healthcare) or go to jail) among others?
“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government” — James Madison
Remember this come November.
Regime Change 2010.