In no way can it be imagined that the governed consented to this.
Some things are just wrong, even if they are legal. Some things are dishonorable to such a degree that the perpetrators ought to be scorned and shunned from civil society. The perpetrators of the 2010 Lame Duck follies — chief among them Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi — are reprobates of that order. The rest of them are scarcely better for having lent their votes.
I hold these points to be facts:
- The Democrats were shellacked on November 2, a long-expected result, losing the most (63) of one party since 1938, and giving Republicans a commanding majority of 242-193 in the upcoming Congress.
- It is ridiculous to interpret the election results as less than a thorough repudiation by the voters of what Democrats had done for 2 years.
- The Democrats planned this Lame Duck session long in advance.
- The Democrats planned long in advance to exploit the lack of accountability inherent in a Lame Duck session.