Random thoughts

September 5, 2006

power play

Filed under: Uncategorized — by laurenvw @ 6:50 pm

So I’ve been wondering for years now why Congress has not been trying to check the power of the president.  I mean, in school we had to learn about the vaunted “checks and balances” system, but it really seems that Congress has been leaving all the “checks” up to the judicial branch.  And then the court system gets viliated for “legislating from the bench.”  Well, if Congress would address some of the issues instead of fighting about it and then leaving it the way it was, maybe the courts wouldn’t have to make some of the drastic steps they’ve had to take lately.  It seems as though most of the major break throughs in rights and other legal arenas have come down from the courts.

I think I have an idea why.  I think most Congress men and women secretly (or not so secretly) want to be president.  And when they are president, they want to be all-powerful.  So rather than checking the abuses the sitting president (who ever that may be) might be making, they will either personnaly attack them or just yell about the problem without doing anything.  Why?  Becasue they want to be able to do whatever they please as president.    Never mind that the percent of sitting presidents that came directly from Congress is less than 1 in 5.  And that not since Kennedy (i.e. 40+ years) has a congress man made it to the presidency.  Still they labor with the goal of the white house.

But politics has become every-person-for-him/herself.  None of this “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country.”  Actually, most of the country has forgotten that phrase.  For a brief time, after 9/11, there was hope that the country would pull together and call for the betterment of our nation.  But that energy and goodwill got squandered by people who wanted to have thier own way.  And we let them.  As we continue to let them.  In five short years, we’ve gone from having the support of the entire world, to almost no support.  And much as we want to blame it on a few individuals at the top, it comes down to the actions of each individual American.

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