From Bill M...
Speaker Pelosi has made a dictatorial sham of her office, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Carrying the House gavel in public like a club ... shame.
This is not Europe and Elected Officials do not march through the streets like European Fascists, Socialists and Communists do to display raw political power.
The Roman Tribune"Fasces" [as in "Fascism"] ... was a bundle of reed-rods surrounding an axe head... the symbol of ultimate authority and the power of Rome. Guards carried the Fasces at the head of the procession as the Tribune made his way through the crowded streets. The message was, "Get out of the way."
The symbolism is not lost on me. The Progressive Democrats are flaunting their authority and displaying their arrogance. It is a display of power that ought to be an affront to American sensibilities. That it is likely not an affront, says much about the sad state of the American Polity.
I have come to believe for some time that all of the so-called wavering Democrats would be bought off, cave-in, or otherwise abandon any integrity so as to pass this "Hallmark Legislation" of all Progressive-Liberals for 100 years. It is Hallmark because it is the launching pad for the transformation of our once Free Markets in in this Republic, in favor of a highly taxed, restrictive, and regulated Socialist-Democracy.
Two hundred and thirty-five years of freedom is being strangled slowly by an appalling ignorance of the US Constitution , a willingness of criminal politicians to thwart the Constitution & traditions, and to subvert the will of the people in order to achieve their statist aims.
WILLIAM R. MANNLTC, US ARMY [RETIRED]AUT PAX AUT BELLUM!