Friday, June 24, 2005

Succession

Here's an interesting tale of disaster.

Members of the House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday to quickly replace themselves if they are killed in a Sept. 11-type attack.The House voted 268-143 to retain the plan, which was attached to a spending bill likely to be sent to President Bush within several months.

The measure, dubbed the "Doomsday" bill, requires special elections within 49 days if more than 100 of the House's 435 members are killed. Currently it can take 75 days or more for some states to hold special elections to replace a member who dies in office. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, called the measure "an invitation to one man-rule and dictatorship" because at least seven weeks could elapse before the House would be reconstituted, leaving major decisions to the president.Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California said the legislation was "a plan that will lead to martial law at exactly the time when we need Congress functioning to represent the interests of the American people."

A variety of ideas have been floated for dealing with a catastrophic attack on the Capitol. They include a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress to enact laws on succession or allowing representatives to designate temporary replacement, when they are elected.

What if over half of both houses was creating a modern aristocracy as our forefathers rolled in their graves.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Donkey said...

7. Obsession with National Security -
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

10:58 PM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

More like total paranoia.

To control the population. "Motivational tool" puts it extremely mildly.

11:11 PM, July 02, 2005  

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