Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Congress Should Stick Up for Self, Kick Obama's Ass.

US Congress Should Stick Up for Itself, Give Obama a Good Swift Kick in the Ass.

(Or do they prefer to follow Captain Ahab to the bottom of the Ocean?)

Mainstream political reporters and pundits -- as well as the President himself -- seem to have forgotten something they used to teach when I attended school: That the US government has three different branches, the Executive, the Legislative and Judicial, and that each of these branches were intended to serve as checks and balances on the others. Instead it now seems to be assumed that the President is the head of the Legislative Branch (Congress) as well as of the Executive, and is entitled to issue to Congress commands and directives, to define the legislation that Congress is to consider, and in short to tell Congress what it is supposed to do.

A case in point is the ongoing fiasco of Healthcare "Reform". Mr. Obama seems determined to drive the entire US Congress off an electoral cliff like so many deranged lemmings, rather than admit what is otherwise obvious, that Americans do not cotton to his brand of "reform" and in fact resoundingly reject it. Yet the most our despairing Congressmen/lemmings have the spine to do is to resign from their seats. Instead, congressmen should consider doing what they were hired to do -- act like an independent branch of the government, listen to their constituents -- and to tell the President to take his heath "reform" and shove it.

Congress has not only a right, but a duty, to ignore the President's increasingly out-of-touch commands and choose their own legislative agenda, one more attuned to the desires and needs of the American people -- one focused on the Economy and Jobs. The President is not the President of Congress, and ceasing to pretend that he is will enable Congressmen to disassociate themselves from his increasingly mad, Ahab-like quest to slay the Great White Whale of socialized health care. Recall that in Melville's Moby Dick, the monomanic Captain Ahab ends his quest by sinking his ship, destroying himself and his crew -- and the whale gets away.

Instead of resorting to these continuous resignations, some Modest Steps Congressmen might take towards regaining their statutory Independence of the Executive might include:
  • Remove the Partisan Hack and left-wing radical Nancy Pelosi from control of the House of Representatives. Nancy is like a mini-Obama in her policies, only worse, and seems to have no sense whatever for either public opinion or bipartisanship with non-radicals. Pelosi's current position is clearly a case of "having the patients running the asylum".
  • Order the Capitol Police to prevent Rahm Emanual or other Obama hacks from approaching closer than 150 yards to the US Capitol building.
  • Politely and respectfully inform the President that Congress welcomes his input on the legislative items chosen by Congress, after Congress has put these items into the form of draft bills, but that Congress does not welcome his presuming to issue commands as to their priorities. (Ie, Kick his Ass OUT of the direction of Congress's work.)
Unfortunately, given the President's recent behavior, the only alternative to such an independent course seems to be that Congress continue its current downward arc into chaos, driven on a mad voyage by a monomanic Captain whose commands are increasingly divorced from reality.

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