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  •  I've been saying for days that there has to be... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...a way these traitors in the House can simply be arrested, and replaced. I'm referring specifically to Boehner, who is the one who refuses to let a bill come to the floor that everyone knows would pass and end this unilateral Republican attack on the US economy. How can what he and that party is doing not be considered criminal negligence or some such?

    "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

    by Jasonhouse on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:04:32 PM PDT

    •  you think elected representatives should (3+ / 0-)
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      be arrested because they're not voting the way you want?

      Jesus.

    •  Arrested and REPLACED?!?!?! (7+ / 0-)

      What fucking country did you wake up in today?

      Elected representatives arrested and replaced because they oppose the president?  Did you just move here from 1970 Chile or something?

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:22:42 PM PDT

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      •  I woke up in the fucking country where... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... People's lives are being purposefully and maliciously fucked with by a cadre of bigots who are too chickenshit to personally confront the bogeymen they're always claiming are destroying all life as we know it.

        I'm sorry, but I'll be damned if I'm going to bend over and beg for more, while these motherfuckers get to live out every sick fantasy of governmental revenge they've had for decades.

        "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

        by Jasonhouse on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:47:59 PM PDT

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    •  Jason - there isn't (3+ / 0-)
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      Members of Congress, including the Speaker, have broad immunity from any criminal indictment when they are in their role as legislators. There is no law that requires the Speaker, or any member of Congress, to bring forth any specific legislation, vote for or against it, or even vote at all. While deplorable none of the actions by the Republicans, including the Speaker, is in any way a violation of any criminal statute, and if it was the members of Congress have immunity.

      The people in the Justice Department understand that this is an issue of politics, not civil or criminal legal activity. No one in the Holder Justice Department will even suggest bringing the DoJ into this political battle. In addition, the courts will view this as a the natural tension between two branches of government and will refuse to be involved.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:28:02 PM PDT

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      •  They're not immune to arrest for felonies (0+ / 0-)

        Article I Section 6 of the US Constitution (my emphasis of course):

        SECTION 6. The senators and representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place
        I've not heard anyone suggest what felony that might be, but if there were one then legislators would not be privileged from arrest for it.

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:59:35 PM PDT

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    •  Reid also refused to allow a bill to come to the (1+ / 0-)
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      floor.

      The House passed a CR.  Reid refused to allow a vote.

      Should he be arrested and replaced?

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