Originally posted by Alaskan Man
just because a corrupt house has the ability to change its rules and still abide my constitutional law (sort of a loop hole in this case) does that
make it right?
You fail to see the point of Congressional Rule. The Constitution of the United States REQUIRES Congressional Rule. The Constitution of the United
States DEMANDS Congressional self-regulation.
While Congress is in session, each Congressperson is ethically required to abide by Congressional Rule according to the Constitution of the United
A Congressperson can do all of those things that you listed as a Private Citizen, so long as they are not doing it on the Congressional Floor while
Congress is in Session.
The things you have listed do not pertain to any Private Citizens, even if addressing or testifying before Congress.
There are no legal loopholes being exploited here. This is something our Forefathers, the Framers of our Constitution, intended from the beginning.
In modern vernacular: Lest our Branches of Government resort to the lowest-common denominator and turn into WWF Smackdown Matches, Congressional Rules
were required to ensure that our Elected Officials didn't throw Temper-Tantrums in the Congressional Chamber and instead actually acted like
Professionals befitting a Government Official rather than douches and grown children with a chip on their shoulders trying to utterly pwn the
opposition by getting the most beotch-slaps in.
As a U.S. Congressperson you have the Right to Free Speech, so long as you do not violate the Rules of Conduct while in the the Congressional
Perhaps another example might make it more clear:
What do you think would happen if you walked into Traffic Court and exercised your Right to Free Speech before a US Circuit Court Judge by calling him
a "liar", "hypocrite", and a "disgrace to our country"? You'd be penalized by being found in Contempt and if you didn't shut your trap, you'd
be facing Jail Time instead of just a Fine and Community Service!
Why do you think it would (or should) be any different for one Congressperson to act that way in front of other Congresspersons in Congress?
Congresspersons are not above the laws, and exempt! Congress as a whole has the right to censure and expel an individual Congressperson for Contempt
of Congress, just as a Judge has the right to censure and arrest an individual Citizen for Contempt of Court.
[edit on 15-9-2009 by fraterormus]