The Missouri state legislature has a supermajority of Republicans in the House. And legislator, of any party, can require a bill to be read aloud on the House floor prior to the House’s final vote on it. Last spring, Democratic Party legislators initiated a filibuster by requiring each bill being brought up for its final vote to be read aloud. So far, so good. The Republican Speaker one-upped the Democrats by having the bills read by computer with the speed control dialed up. Again, so far, so good.
But, since the Democrats lost their dispute from within the House, they’ve sued in open court. They know they have no case, but they didn’t get their way, so they’re trying to go around the House rules—rules to which both parties agreed when the rules were developed and then adopted—to impose their way.
They have no case? They have no case because legislatures set their own rules for how they’ll conduct their legislative business; courts have no jurisdiction here. Even the Missouri Supreme Court seems to be recognizing that.
The court said weeks ago that justices…will quiz attorneys about how the Legislature conducts its own business, and they will consider whether the judicial branch has any say in settling a dispute among lawmakers.
This is what we can look forward to in the Federal government, too, as demonstrated by the recent Democratic Party’s calculated cancelation of democracy in the Federal House of Representatives by preventing the people’s business from being done in the People’s House because they couldn’t get their way. This was demonstrated earlier, too, as Democrats left Wisconsin and Indiana explicitly to prevent those legislatures from conducting the people’s business because the Democrats couldn’t impose their will. It’ll only get worse under a third Democratic Party-controlled White House and Democratic Party-controlled Congress.
If we Democrats can’t get our way, there’ll be no democracy for you.