We DO take the time and trouble to HAVE one after all, don’t we?
Maybe we could let them… you know… do their appointed job?
Obama has already shown us he doesn’t need ‘We the people’ to start a war. (Who needs Congress for that?)
There was THIS objection about how the proper roles of House and Senate were ignored for Obamacare. Which is why some STILL maintain it is illegitimate.
One of Congress’s foremost non-legislative functions is the power to investigate and oversee the executive branch. Congressional oversight is usually delegated to committees and is facilitated by Congress’s subpoena power. Some critics have charged that Congress has in some instances failed to do an adequate job of overseeing the other branches of government. In the Plame affair, critics including Representative Henry A. Waxman charged that Congress was not doing an adequate job of oversight in this case. There have been concerns about congressional oversight of executive actions such as warrantless wiretapping, although others respond that Congress did investigate the legality of presidential decisions. Political scientists Ornstein and Mann suggested that oversight functions do not help members of Congress win reelection. Congress also has the exclusive power of removal, allowing impeachment and removal of the president, federal judges and other federal officers. There have been charges that presidents acting under the doctrine of the unitary executive have assumed important legislative and budgetary powers that should belong to Congress.
Watching how the Executive branch tries to ignore, obstruct or limit the legitimate powers, one might wonder if George Will was right in calling the Capitol building a ‘tomb for the antiquated idea that the legislative branch matters.’
What do YOU think?
Hat tip to Michael Walsh for the question that follows.
A little about Walsh:
In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world’s premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, the burgeoning transnational elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war’s refugees, but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of “critical theory.” —