Friday, 9:00 AM. 34 degrees F, wind WSW, calm. It is a foggy, drippy morning after a freezing rain last night. The humidity is 96%, the barometer is down somewhat at 29.59 in. The driveway was a sheet of ice this morning but the city truck had been out earlier spreading road salt and Buddy and I did take a walk, I picking my way rather gingerly over the icy spots. The fog blanketed any road noise and there was no one out and about.
I often rail about the abuse of federal executive power, but Congress is just as bad. We fought a revolution against not only monarchy but also the atendant nobility. The abuses of both go hand in hand, and for far too long we have been complacent about the abuses of Congress. Many citizens have no idea that members of Congress can retire with the same pay after only one term, and that they are specifically exempted from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under the laws of the land.
The latest affront by Congress to their constituents is to exempt themselves from all aspects of the Healthcare Reform Law. That just isn’t right. We should not have an elite that is above the law. And, as if these affronts were not enough, it has recently come to light that children of members of congress are exempt from having to pay back their student loans (so far only Fox News has broadcast that latest information).
A recent public opinion poll rated Congress as less appealing than cockroaches. Now we know why, and I suspect the ancient order of cockroaches may well be offended by the comparison.
However, we the people have the right and the obligation to address these blatant abuses of Congressional power, via our state legislatures and the process of amending the US Constitution.
Governors of 35 states have already filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them, and it will only take 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention to propose a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution, as follows:
"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."
If each person who reads this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will get the message.
Please pass it around.