Ours is a Republic for a purpose and not a mob rule where the majority bullies the minority. Thank God for the founding fathers for having the vision and foresight to build a durable system.
This form of government has guaranteed her citizens their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our system of checks and balances has given us stability, peace and prosperity for over 240 years. We are the only nation on the earth with such a long history of stable governance, because it derives its powers from the consent of the governed.
We, the people are concerned about such stability under Trump ‘regime’ that feels ‘entitled’ to rule at their whim, rather than follow rule of the law.
The declaration of Independence continues, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. “ Indeed, it is our duty to protect our nation from being taken and we have failed the nation and for that we are going to pay a big price.
When President Obama had the majority in House and the Senate, he signed the Affordable Care Act. There was not a single Republican support for the Act and for that it has gone through the circus for the last 6 years! Had Obama sought and received Republican support even if it was not needed, then his legacy would have sustained for the common good of Americans.
When President Bush had the majority in House and the Senate, he unilaterally went to war with Iraq and Afghanistan. There was no significant opposition from the gutless congressmen or the Senators and it that ruined our country and brought death and destruction to the innocent people of Iraq and Afghanistan and a disaster to us, the Americans. Shame on us for our gutlessness, our government was not the government of the people; it was the government of Bush and Cheney and we paid a price.
Now, President Trump is in the same evil spot as the other two, and I am afraid more evil is coming to America.
The Hill reports, “By unanimous consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room and agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.” This does not bode well, this is evil.
Mitch McConnell is shameless to the bone; he refused to hold the hearings for President Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Bad things happen to America not because of evil men, but the silence of good for nothing Republican Senators.
Now, the Chickens have come home to roost. Wait, the evil is compounding here. The Republicans Senators are changing the rules to subvert the process of nominations. They are digging their own graves for 2018. We need to mark this against all those eager senators who are subverting the process. Each one of them will be held accountable for their actions.
I am an Independent voter, and it saddens me to see the ‘monkey see monkey do’ thing going on with our elected irresponsible officials. We are going to find independents to start representing us against each one of the Senators if their nominee makes a mess out of his or her job. There is no doubt, some of them are good, but I am concerned about the bad apples.
President Trump may get away cancelling the Executive Orders of the previous president, but his turn will come in four years and he will regret it, but it will be too late. He has got some sadistic advisors who enjoy being a pain to fellow Americans. What happened to his common sense now?
As Americans, we need to become Guardians of Democracy; we cannot trust some of these men and women. I urge the good ones in the house – both Republicans and Democrats to speak up and not get bullied.
President Obama, in his last speech spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy–not just during an election but every day.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I’ll examine it when it comes,” Obama said.
As American Citizens, we need to demand from the Republican Senators not to slam dunk the nominees – let there be a rigorous process. After all we are selecting the men and women who can mess up America or bring peace and prosperity. It is time we make our government, a government of the people for the people and not the government of Trump and the whimsical conformist mob of Senators and Congressmen.
Article by Mike Ghouse | The Arab Daily News