(from Beers with our Founding Fathers - https://www.facebook.com/BeersWithOurFoundingFathers)
“Since my civics class in ninth grade, I realized that the worst candidate for president is often the most common candidate for president. For the states, it also applies to governors. First, how about two criteria: 1) Experience; and 2) Economy. Add to this – never, ever – ever – vote for a candidate that is a sitting Representative or Senator. And do not forget – promises are only emotional rhetoric.
The president does not enact legislation (Constitutionally speaking, that is). They may steer and propose legislation and budgets, but they cannot keep the promises they make without the cooperation of the legislative branch. More important, as a sitting member of Congress they do have the authorities to introduce legislation. The question is, if they could not get their legislation introduced or passed while in Congress, how will they do so as president?
Historically, from the mid twentieth century, only two presidents were sitting Senators (no Representatives) when they were elected to office. Although of the same party, their ideologies were not similar. The first was assassinated in office, and the second was somehow re-elected on a socialist agenda of taxpayer funded unearned handouts, divisive class warfare, and a growing polarity within our Country – all during a continuing economy that has at best flat lined. The reason is simple – he was not re-elected on job performance, but charismatic emotional rhetorical promises – also known incorrectly as entitlements and is really unearned taxpayer funded government handouts indoctrinated by the Parasitic Cult. It has become a morbid – and troubling – state of our Country. The economy is both the key to, and result of, our sacred birthright freedoms. Control a person’s wallet and you will control their freedom. Follow the money as they say.”
Your Vote Counts in Congress
Presently, the most ignored Constitutional function of Congress is to check the Executive branch to maintain the balance of powers in the three branches of our government. This is perhaps the most failed series Congress sessions in history. At the time of my book the power had just tipped from the House and Senate being both Democratic controlled to the House become Republican controlled. At this time, with the elections of 2014, both are Republican controlled. You would never know anything happened. The most important mid-term election of our life time wasted. The GOP has long been becoming the party of the Getting Obviously Progressive. That’s a pretty solid position now.
A short lesson on Congress and party majority is important (it’s the one time I agree with party trumps platform). The majority party elects the leader of the Congressional body – Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House (also third in line for presidency). Those leaders appoint committee chairs from their majority party and the committees become a majority of that party. Those leaders also direct legislation and agendas. It is why you have seen no impeachment proceedings and spineless reaction to the demands of a president. There is no longer a check of the Executive branch by the Legislative branch. It’s the teenager ruling the parent (not the best analogy – there is no equality of power and privilege between parents and children).
Why is your vote for members of Congress so important? Simply because at the state level your vote may determine who becomes a majority leader and committee chair. The 2014 mid-term election was defining, as it needed to be. Then nothing changed, except a new Senate majority and leader. The Senate Majority Leader was re-elected from Kentucky on a history of caving to the president. The incoming Speaker of the House was re-elected from Ohio, also on a history of caving to the president. He went on to be re-elected as Speaker because, having won the majority party in the 2012 elections, they wanted to keep their committee appointments and being chairpersons. In 1996 was a Congressional revolution similar to 2012 and 2014 – but things changed. The Legislative branch and Executive branch had to exercise their Constitutionally limited powers. I was not a fan of that presidential administration. I will say that the economy continued to improve and racial tensions continued to subside. Public assistance was not an entitlement, but a necessity with benefits and responsibilities. However, don’t think for one minute that his wife – a failed Senator and Secretary of State, and candidate to be a ‘first’ – woman president – would be the same. Her college thesis was based on a socialist and his teachings. But, I digressed.
Never again say your vote does not count, particularly in your state. Our three branches of government are now concurrently running amok. They do so because the ultimate check and balance – the voter – is not doing their job. In the 2014 elections voters in many states turned over to a new candidate – that is what turned the Senate. But, Kentucky voted for an incumbent that had developed a progressive leaning track record. Had Kentucky and Ohio both voted for a stronger conservative new candidate over their incumbent, Congress would have different leadership and, hopefully, empowered to challenge the Executive branch as our Constitution requires.
Next time you are at the voting booth – vote strongly for your local and Congressional candidates. Your vote does count.
See also my related previous commentary “Fixing a Broken Election System” at http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/fixing-a-broken-election-system
“Our Founding Fathers were geniuses – individually and in the whole. Over two centuries, some of their genius has been altered in order to garner political control. Three of these are the Electoral College, President and Vice President elections, and popular vote of Senators instead of elected by the state legislatures.
It is time to return some of these to their original purpose, and fix those that have been maligned for political gain.”
Dean A. Beers
Author / American Patriot