UPDATED: Chris Van Hollen Busts GOP For ‘Altering’ Law To Facilitate The Shutdown (VIDEO)


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The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice

Published on YouTube, Oct 12, 2013 by  U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) 

Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate’s clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee — all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote.

Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives.

Here is the video:

Many of us are very grateful to Chris Van Hollen for catching and calling out House Republicans.  The GOP covertly planned and altered government law. Now we know, and as this video circulates mainstream and social media, it can only mean more disaster for the ‘Tea-publicans’ who held this country hostage andwasted over $24 billion of our tax dollars.


The following definition of sedition is now circulating the media. It is reported that the GOP members involved in covertly conspiring the government shutdown, have committed acts of treason, and should be punished by law.

18 U.S.C. § 2384 : US Code – Section 2384:

Seditious Conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

There’s gonna be hell to pay come Midterm Elections this November. How this minority group of right-wing politicians figured they would come out looking good after a rigged government shutdown, is beyond anyone’s imagination, other than their own. These lawmakers have truly lost touch with what the American people want and need. The GOP continues to show us by the bills they block, that they couldn’t care less about children in need, veterans, women, blacks, lgbt, students… or the poor and disadvantages. But why should the Tea Party care? These politicians are funded and ruled by greedy, corrupt, and filthy rich folks like the Koch brothers, big banks, and huge corporations. The everyday people mean nothing; that is, until the people get out to vote.

Americans  are angry. We are sick of the GOP’s hate/obstruction towards President Obama, we are sick of the obscene waste of our tax dollars, and we are sick of the perpetual ring of Republican corruption.

Unlike previous years, many predict there will be a record number of Democrats (new and old) turning out at the polls this November. The U.S. citizens are desperate for change, and in 2014 –  they aim to make that change happen with their voices and their votes. Use this video to remind friends and family about the wasteful and illegal $24 billion Republican Government Shutdown.  Think of how many millions of hard-working people could have used the extra money that was taken out of their paychecks every week for taxes. Instead we have witnessed, time and time agin, Republicans using our money to spite a president, while ignoring the welfare of the American people… Oh yes, a change coming. And it’s coming with a fury.

Special thanks to John Dean, author of books on Watergate and counsel to President Nixon discusses the legalities of obstructionism in his: latest Verdict piece.


Leslie Leslie Salzillo is an activist, Rush Limbaugh boycotter, political commentator and visual artist. She began contributing to Liberals Unite in June of 2013. Join her on the new Facebook page, Pro-Choice Liberals.