Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 7:09 p.m. MST
This is a well-written and reasoned article. I didn't detect partisanship
in the article. It appears to be quite factual - evening acknowledging that the
number of executive orders is comparable to other sitting presidents. The
system is no longer functioning as intended. Power is becoming more
centralized. The press - whose freedom is insisted upon - no longer is
objective in its reporting but has policies and objectives to pursue. The
educational system looks the other way - worried more about the emotional
"well being" of the student than teaching the lessons of civics,
geography, history, language and mathematics. Where to start to make the change
to these troubles? Let's try it at home...
As I recall, this isn't the only warning of this happening. A few years
back, during another President's term, this was brought up. It seems that
our Congress has a history of sitting back and allowing the President to do what
they should be doing, and by lack of action, allowing that President more and
more power. It's time for Congress to rein in the Executive and start
behaving like the separation of powers actually means something.
The blame is squarely on the shoulders of the Congress themselves. Founders
never, in their wildest dreams, believed that a group of men and women could be
so corrupt, inept and so willing to work against the interests of the country in
a quest for personal gain. Congress has plenty of power but almost no will or
ability to wield it for the good of the people.
The tea party cornered themselves with help of Senator Lee.
The oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the US that the president
swears to does not mean circumventing the elected congress. He is taking a page
from Vladimir Putin and the late Hugo Chavez' play book.
Congress should move slowly and carefully, as it always has. It is
the people that have changed, after becoming accustomed to instant
gratification, first through the sexual revolution, and later through high speed
technology. Debate and consideration of all the consequences of any
government action is needed. When you hurry and pass something without even
knowing what is in it, let alone considering all the long term effects, the
program is apt to cause much harm. Consider bloodletting; doing
nothing is often better than doing the wrong thing.
At the risk of pointing out what the "other guys" did, it must be much
easier than I thought to forget terms like "signing statement", the
constitutionality of which has never been established, or "unitary
executive, which is GOP for "our guy can do anything he wants when he says
it's connected to national security". In fact, it should be Dick
Cheney's picture accompanying the article, not Obama, who tried in vain to
get a half ounce of cooperation from the other side and still gets daily
accusations for his trouble.
4601Salt Lake City, UTThe oath to uphold and defend the Constitution
of the US that the president swears to does not mean circumventing the elected
congress. He is taking a page from Vladimir Putin and the late Hugo Chavez'
play book.10:22 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014======== I'm a Veteran.I sworn to defend the U.S. Constitution.That's what makes me a Liberal.Vladimir Putin and the late
Hugo Chavez -- sheez...pathetic.
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