Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Rules of Congress and the Constitution

The Constitution states that each house of congress makes its own rules for operation under Article 1: Section 5:
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two-thirds, expel a Member.
Politicians we have elected through the years have abused this power, in both the House and Senate, and we need to get more constitutionally oriented Senators and Representatives elected into both houses of Congress.  When this happens, power needs to be stripped from the leaders of both houses. Why you ask…well why should one person, which only an extremely small percentage of the Voting public can actually vote for or against, wield so much power. These leaders have almost destroyed our Republic on their own as a Republic implies “Representation” and that representation has been missing.

If you have been following any of the sneaky tricks employed by the leaders of the Senate and the House you should be enraged. They determine what bills get into committees for discussion (as well as appointing the committee members reviewing said bills); they control whether a bill gets tabled thereby denying even consideration; they control holding bills they favor until such time as they have the votes to pass them…etc. and Ad Infinitum.. Let me ask you, how many of you have the ability to vote for against the Senate Leader Harry Reid? I can answer that; only residents of Nevada can vote him in or out of the Senate. How many of you had the ability to vote Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner out of the House of Representatives? This is even more disturbing because only one District within a state can vote for a Representative and the Speaker of the House is only two heartbeats away from the presidency!

The Congress, as well as our other two branches of government, was given limited powers because the founders did not want the majority (as in a Democracy) to have the capability to “Rule with an Iron fist”.  Their intent was NOT to bestow that power upon the Minority and yet Minorities are now running our country!  Minorities such as Left and Right wing extremists; Atheists; Socialists; Unions (not the union members) and even Communists have more power than the majority of Americans and now, this Administration, is attempting to provide Illegal Aliens more power than Legal Residents or even American Citizens! There are many more examples but my fingers would drop off attempting to list them.

This administration has attempted to bypass the constitution in the area of writing and enacting laws. The power to create and establish laws is strictly limited to Congress; however since the implementation of “The Executive Order” process, which was established in 1789, successive Presidents have increasingly abused this power which has NO constitutional provision. Most presidents cite the phrase "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" that is found in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution as well as the phrase “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America” found in Article II Section 1. How either of these phrases can be interrupted as allowing ‘Executive Orders” is well beyond my obviously low level of elitism to comprehend, but this President is using this, along with the EPA (which is to have NO powers of enforcement) to effectively bypass this restriction.  This President is on record as saying that the Constitution is just a document of “Negative” rights and he does not like it, but when he was installed into the presidency, he was forced to declare under oath; "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The way he has circumvented this obligation alone should have landed him in an Impeachment trial.

Next Rant will cover only the EPA and Cass Sunstein

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