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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Cheers For Our "Do-Nothing Congress"

Quick, what's the difference between Obama and Hugo Chavez?  Answer - Chavez has cancer.

In his latest transformation leading up to November 2012, Obama has decided that it is best to blame the Congress (translation: the Republican-led House of Representatives) for the ills of the US Economy.  We have heard quite often about his Czars lamenting the fact that we can't be a more dictatorial society like the Chinese, so they can just get everything they wanted in place.

This is very telling on many different levels.  First, the total disregard of Obama for the structure of the Government.  We are, nor were we ever intended to be a democracy.  While our elected officials are elected using a democratic process, we live in a republic were a majority rule is tempered by the power of the individual states.  The House is supposed to represent the people, they tour their districts and come back to Washington with ideas and demands from their constituents.  They can then take those demands and bring them up as House Bills to be voted on; a simple majority passes the bill along to the Senate.

The Senate as designed, was to represent the interests of the States.  Until the early 1900's (thanks to the Father of the Progressive Movement - Woodrow Wilson) the US Senators were selected by their peers in their state's senate.  The purpose for this was that if any of the Senators behaved badly, they could quickly be called back to the state senate and replaced.  The process for electing Senators this way ended with the 17th Amendment which some claim was the end of the republic.

Furthermore, again until the early 1900's, any piece of legislation could be stopped by 1 Senator, not 40 as we see today, 1.  The purpose for this was simple; in Venezuela Chavez took over with a simple majority and began implementing everything he wanted.  In this way, the majority can simply vote to take anything they want from the minority.  This is what Obama would like to do, but the brilliance of the Founders and Ben Franklin in particular foresaw people like Obama and put in place checks and balances to prevent the evil of democracy.

In 2010, the Republicans ran on the promise that they would put a stop, or at least slow down Obama's march to socialism, thanks to the foresight of the Founders, they have been able to fulfill most of that promise.

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