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  • Caution: Wretched Hive of Villainy Ahead

    Predicting the extent of “lame duck” legislative shenanigans that would ensue if one or both houses of Congress changes hands in the Nov. 2 elections became a Washington parlor game during the August recess. But this is serious stuff to anyone who cares about, oh, limited government, rule of law, free markets and individual liberty.

    Not content with the damage they’ve already done, liberal lawmakers could really go for broke should they find themselves on the outs come the morning of Nov. 3. One endangered liberal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, says he’s “committed” to convening a lame-duck session.

    When friends of religious liberty gathered today at Heritage, Tom McClusky, senior vice president of Family Research Council’s legislative action arm, FRC Action, presented one parade of potential horribles.

    Scanning McClusky’s “You’re So Lame” list of 24 liberal goals, Jordan Lorence, a senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund cracked: “It’s the legislative equivalent of the barroom scene in Star Wars.”

    Indeed, what McClusky calls a “partial list” is a veritable cantina full of smugglers, bounty hunters, intrusive bureaucrats and space cadets set to run amok. It begins with more taxpayer-funded abortions and embryonic stem-cell research; promotion of same-sex marriage at the expense of traditional marriage; creating employment rights based on sexual orientation and ending the military’s ban on homosexuals serving openly.

    The list includes less-visible efforts to require personnel at military hospitals to perform abortions and to prohibit drug treatment or mental health programs from hiring on the basis of religion if they receive federal dollars. However, higher income taxes and other concerns actually outnumber social issues on this lame-duck menu, among them: more taxpayer funding for liberal groups; “attacks on free speech” via the FCC’s Net neutrality and “localism” initiatives; ending workers’ right to a secret ballot in union elections; passing amnesty for illegal immigrants; pushing through new energy regulations, costs and taxes; and ratifying misguided treaties such as New START and the Universal Rights of the Child.

    All too much? Maybe. But, McClusky warns, conservatives shouldn’t misunderestimate the potential for the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (“perhaps the lamest duck of all”) to ring up one heck of a tab with a liberal “to do” list before the cantina closes for the last time in the 111th Congress.

    As Obi-Wan Kenobi said of Mos Eisley Spaceport before entering the cantina there: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”

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    14 Responses to Caution: Wretched Hive of Villainy Ahead

    1. Karen Jones Pennsylv says:

      A parent will die to save their child what does this tell you about our congressmen and women about the love for their country. I'm glad they are not fighting for us as our troops are in far away places.

    2. Bill says:

      Are our conservative representatives going to be there to defeat these actions?

    3. David Spencer, North says:

      This is the personification of evil. Power corrupts absolutely, all those who worship it.

    4. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      It is a demographic fact that small groups (like Progressive Infiltraitors) cannot produce many men and women of stature, so the 111th Congress looks like a cartoon circus. The proof of their Acts makes it quite evident to me they are RINOs and DINOs caught in a suicide pact. It was always about destroying America. By the time the lame ducks go home enough mud will be up against the wall, we will have no choice but undo the entire hundred years of Progressive (Unconstitutional) legislation.

    5. Tim AZ says:

      I have no doubt that this regime is spiteful enough to poison their own water for a few moments of satisfaction. I'm not sure they will garner enough cooperation from their partners in crime to carry out a final assault on the American citizenry. I think there are just enough democrats that will not allow themselves to be recorded in the history books as the most arrogant and spiteful politicians ever to be rejected by their own country.

    6. MELINDA WASHINGTON S says:

      PLEASE stay on track with your defense of principles. DO NOT get into abortion and stem cell issues. I am against both but have watched the doom at the ballot box both of those highly charged issues bring. WE THE PEOPLE need a voice for all our PRINCIPLES . Hopefully that will be inclusive of the above mentioned issues.As long as I have been a voter Roe vs. Wade has been used as a wedge.

    7. C.W.Crosby says:

      Why would you elect a hive of scum and not expect them to act like a hive of scum ???

    8. Dennis Georgia says:

      Lame duch session is right, the liberals will do all possible to get their agenda passed and bring ruin to America. As Karen said, a parent will die for their child, those in Congress will only die if it benefits them and their family of liberals and do gooders. The working person means nothing to obam,a, pelosi, or reid. We must throw this bunch out in November. VOTE!!!!~!!!

    9. Monica Unangst says:

      The most appropriate description of our Congress that I've ever heard, a "wretched hive of scum and villiany." WE must be cautious!

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    11. Drew Page, IL says:

      As if we haven't enough to be worried about, thanks Heritage for pointing out all the horrible possibilities. I have lived long enough to know that things can always get worse. And if the damned thieves in Washington D.C. haven't figured out all they could do to screw us yet again, before being kicked out of office, you given them plenty to consider.

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    13. BigBillRedBird, Flor says:

      i am fearful of ousted politicians from both party's doing the equivalent of what suddam hussein did when he fled kuwait in 1991 — burn the oil fields as a big F.U. to those who prevailed in the war. i urge the Heritage Foundation and all commentators, media reporters and voters to urge their congressmen to pledge to retire immediately if they lose their elections in november. this will prevent even the slightest hint of impropriety of voting for/or against legislation that would affect those voters who spoke in the voting booth that this cast of characters was not fit to represent them and longer.

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