Society Magazine

Congress Sweeps Key Issues Under the Rug

Posted on the 26 May 2011 by ---


Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug

Responsible leadership from Congress?  Not lately.

As you may know, there has not yet been a congressional bill approving the use of force in Libya.  The War Powers Act mandates that Congress authorize war no more than 60 days after the commencement of military operations.  US-run airstrikes on Qaddafi's forces continue, despite the fact that the deadline has passed and the act has been violated.  Now, Obama continues to insist that Libya constitutes a special exemption.  In continuing Bush's legacy of forays into expanded executive privileges, Obama is flouting the constitutional system of checks and balances, spending money to interfere abroad without permission from the people's representatives.  Unfortunately, none of them seem to care.  When Senator Rand Paul pushed for Senate debate on the issue of going to war, he was shut down by a vote of 90-10.  The fact that our chambers are turning a blind eye to laws they created and giving the Executive Branch absolute control over military operations sets very bad precedent.
But the issues extend beyond our involvement in Libya.  In a deal negotiated by Democratic and Republican leaders, the unconstitutional Patriot Act is virtually ensured a four-year renewal.  The Patriot Act gives the government unprecedented power to circumvent the Bill of Rights.  It includes provisions which allow for warantless searches, wiretaps, government access to personal library records, and confiscation of any "tangible item" deemed suspicious.  Not only does the Patriot Act allow covert subjugation of "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" (Fourth Amendment), but it is perpetually being renewed by overwhelming margins, sometimes via backroom deals like in the recent negotiations.
Congress is wrongly giving away the rights of the American people, whose civil liberties should not be trampled by measures to fight terrorism.  But our so-called leaders do not stop there, also wrongly relinquishing their own rights to manage declarations of war.  This institution has grown dormant, complicit in a national erosion of freedoms.  It's time for it to wake up, so that Democrats and Republicans alike can stand behind constitutionally enshrined justice.  Where's the grassroots movement to protect the most sacred tenets of our democracy?  I haven't encountered it, certainly not in the mainstream media.  And if anything does, these abuses of power call out for change.
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug
Congress Sweeps Key Issues under the Rug

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing and Toning Water Review

    Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing Toning Water Review

    As we all know how important the toning step is in our regular CTM routine. Lately I have been loving floral waters or hydrosols as toners and so far I have... Read more

    9 hours, 5 minutes ago by   Skincarevilla
    HAIR & BEAUTY
  • Soon By You Episode 4: The Dates | Soon By You (video)

    Soon Episode Dates (video)

    David and Sarah finally go on their first date. Jacobs explores foreign avenues for a love connection and Noa, Ben, and Z take up volunteering. Read more

    10 hours, 22 minutes ago by   Gldmeier
    RELIGION, SOCIETY, SPIRITUALITY
  • Locaflea Summer Jam 2017 Starts Today in Ahmedabad

    Locaflea Summer 2017 Starts Today Ahmedabad

    Shopping is the best remedy, someone said it and it’s true, especially when your city is boiling and the temperature stays beyond 38 throughout the day or even... Read more

    10 hours, 31 minutes ago by   Hetal Shah
    FASHION
  • Summer Makeup Tips for Long Lasting Makeup

    Summer Makeup Tips Long Lasting

    Hey everyone today’s post is very informative and very useful for the hot scorching summer time. I am going to talk about my most used summer makeup tips for... Read more

    10 hours, 45 minutes ago by   Sugandha Choudhary
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • A Very Nice Day

    Very Nice

    Thursday dawned bright and clear and rather cool -- a perfect day to be outside! Shelia, my friend since 7th grade, was in town and offered to come over and pul... Read more

    12 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • 33, And Counting…

    Counting…

    I have 33 job applications out there. …Have taken 5 Interviews so far, and every day at work is like trying to survive a crawfish boil…as a fucking crawfish. Read more

    13 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Shewritesalittle
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Hypermasculinity – Sometimes It’s Not All About The Girls

    Hypermasculinity Sometimes It’s About Girls

    16th December 2012. A 23-year old student was not just gang-raped but tormented and beaten in the most barbaric way possible on a moving bus. Read more

    14 hours, 46 minutes ago by   Scribe Project
    SELF EXPRESSION

Magazine