It should go without saying that the most sacred duty of our elected representatives is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Only on the Left would any American think otherwise.
To date, Senate Democrats have successfully filibustered a bill which would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security but which would deny funding for Obama's brazenly unconstitutional amnesty decree.
Upholding the Rule of Law and faithfully defending the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, should always TRUMP any misguided, albeit well-intentioned, desire on the part of the Senate GOP to restore "regular order", inclusive of the filibuster. In the case of DHS funding, "regular order" merely enables Senate Democrats to press for passage of a so-called "clean" bill--inclusive of amnesty funding.
Obviously, passage of a so-called "clean" DHS bill, less the amnesty defunding piece, would serve only to both legislatively circumvent a federal circuit court's temporary injunction against Obama's amnesty decree and lend a veneer of lawfulness to Obama's lawlessness. And that is totally unacceptable.
If the GOP submits to Democratic pressure by permitting passage of the DHS bill--inclusive of funding for amnesty--the GOP is complicit in undermining both Judge Hanen's scholarly ruling and the Constitution itself, and the cloud of ignominy will forever hang over both political parties.
As Charles Krauthammer and Mark Levin have persuasively and wisely counseled, the Senate GOP should ABANDON THE FILIBUSTER rule until a new and more trustworthy and principled president is sworn in 2017. In short, it is incumbent upon our representatives in Congress to use ALL available legislative and legal tools to thwart violations of law and the further erosion of our republic.
Hellbent to fundamentally transform the United States during his remaining tenure in office, the awful truth is that Obama and his arrogant totalitarian minions cannot be trusted to uphold the Rule of Law in this or any other matter. Short of impeachment and removal, abandoning the filibuster would better ensure that Obama is constitutionally restrained. Let HIM veto DHS funding. More fodder for impeachment and removal should it come to that.
It comes down to this: which is more important to the republic? The GOPs restoring regular order in the Senate, thus permitting Democrats to filibuster the DHS funding bill OR the GOPs faithfully upholding the Constitution by denying Democrats the power to filibuster this bill? The answer to that question would be painfully obvious to our Founders.
Oh, by the way, DHS will NOT be shut down even with Obama's veto. 80% of DHS personnel have been deemed essential. Thus, they will dutifully show up for work to protect our nation--unless, of course, King Obama dares to physically prevent them from doing so. And, frankly, I put NOTHING past this White House interloper.