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Op-Ed: Restoring The Rule Of Law: America Fights Back

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ACORN is being stripped of federal funding after nationwide vote fraud convictions and release of a video-taped prostitution-mortgage scam in four cities.

The tax-evasions of U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel are back in the national spotlight after both launched new efforts to rough up fellow taxpayers for the same violations they committed without any penalties from the IRS -- which they oversee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) violation of House sunshine rules is on the verge of being overturned by new bipartisan reform legislation.

The Federal Reserve could soon be undergoing the first audit in the nation's history to force disclosure of what the Obama Administration has done with over $1.4 trillion in taxpayer stimulus money.

The Obama Administration's Czars stay in office may be shorter than they were planning on, thanks to a full examination of the constitutionality of unlimited Presidential appointments without Senate confirmation, as called for in the Constitution.

And the car dealers around the country who had their contractually-guaranteed franchise with General Motors or Chrysler cancelled by the federal government may be on the way to winning back their dealerships.

This past week, House conservatives followed months of floor battles and speeches with a "shock and awe" barrage of political reform legislation that has vulnerable House liberals -- and many in the Administration - scurrying for cover.

Since January the Rule of Law in the U.S. House of Representatives and America has been under assault from the left as never before in history. For the first few months, out of respect for the new Administration of President Barack Obama, little was reported in the media about the political and legal transgressions that would have brought universal screams of outrage had they been committed by a Republican President or Congress.

But Americans are now fed up. The nation simply cannot tolerate the blatant abuse of the law, and the rules and process of government that have occurred since liberal Democrats won the House, Senate, and White House in the 2008 elections.

Corruption knows no political party. When Republicans were still in the majority in Washington, they certainly had their share of Senators and Congressmen who strayed from the straight and narrow. But as a result, the Republican Party and conservative voters pushed out of office those who were apparently guilty of wrongdoing.

What we have seen so far in the "changed" Washington is frightening -- a blatant and arrogant lawlessness, and contempt of anyone who criticizes the same, if the lawbreaking is by liberal Democrats.

Year-after-year, in state-after-state, the political group ACORN was charged and convicted of vote fraud and identity theft, yet continued to engage in what was known to be lawbreaking across the country. But the unveiling of taped interviews with ACORN employees in four different offices engaging in conversations to commit mortgage fraud was the final straw.

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) finally started the process of bringing this corrupt group to justice last week with passage of an amendment banning any federal funds to this group in the future.

The President and Congressional Democrats poured trillions of taxpayer dollars into the Federal Reserve without any accountability as to whom it was given. Now Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced legislation calling for the first-ever and long-overdue full audit of the Federal Reserve, to find out where our money has gone.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

and House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) both admitted to gross income tax violations that would likely have sent any other taxpayer to prison, and have not been assessed one nickel in penalties. Rangel has not even paid interest on ten years of back taxes. I have introduced two bills dealing with this, one to force Rangel to step down as Chairman of Ways and Means -- the House committee with IRS oversight -- and a second which would grant all Americans the same shield from penalties and interest on back taxes as that enjoyed by Chairman Rangel and Secretary Geithner.

Over and over this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has ignored and trampled the Rules of the House as written over 200 years ago by the founder of her own Democratic Party, Thomas Jefferson. By House rules, no bill should be voted on until after it has been available for public inspection at least three business days, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Yet every major nation-changing bill to date Pelosi has advanced has been brought to the floor in direct violation of the rule, with bills like the Energy Tax introduced in the dead of night and voted on in the morning.

As of this writing more than 170 House Members have signed a petition authored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) to force Pelosi to allow a vote on a bipartisan resolution by Representatives John Culberson (R-TX) and Brian Baird (D-WA) enforcing Jefferson's 72-hour public review rule.

Reagan and Bush I appointed one "Czar", or special Administration officer. Clinton appointed 3, Bush II appointed 4. But in the first 6 months President Obama has appointed over 30 and the number keeps growing, all without any vetting or vote by the Senate as to whether these individuals are suited to serve at the highest level of the federal government, in violation of the process for high-level officials as outlined in the U.S. Constitution. This point has been pounded out by none other than the longest-serving Senator in U.S. history, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). So Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) has introduced the Sunset All Czars Act to bring this travesty to a halt.

One of the foundational legal rights in our country -- one that is mandatory for maintaining a successful free enterprise system -- is the right to enter contracts for business. Yet the Obama Administration simply ignored this Constitutional protection, and ordered the cancellation of thousands of General Motors and Chrysler dealers in spite of their contracts with the manufacturers, then transferred the stock of the investors in both corporations to labor unions.

Rep. Daniel Maffei (D-NY)

has introduced a bill to restore the contractual rights of these dealers, and has gathered incredible bipartisan support for the effort. As the House continues to look into this apparent wrongdoing, we can be sure there will also be efforts to restore the rights of stock and bondholders.

This week we will continue to bring this fight to restore the American Rule of Law and the Rules of the House to the floor again, as we have since January. But now the American people are bypassing the media, and are beyond just listening. They are demanding action in cleaning up what could be the most lawless federal government in American history.


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