Now Is The Time For Recalcitrant Members Of Congress To Become Adults -And Response

Monday, October 21, 2013 - by Jody Baker

A small pocket of strident Members of Congress disapproves of a federal statute. There are three proper ways to attack a federal statute. 

1. If the statute is unconstitutional, inherently or in its application, the statute should be challenged and invalidated through the federal court system.

2. If the statute is otherwise totally without merit, the remedy is repeal. 

3. If parts of the statute are without merit, the remedy is amendment. 

Unable to invalidate, repeal or amend, that pocket of Congressional dissidents have tried to blackmail the nation to bend to their will. Lacking success in that attempt, some are now asserting that they will continue that effort and, if necessary, disable the nation.

This nation does not capitulate to blackmail. Never has. Never will. 

Now, it appears that some of those dissidents might cause the Republican Party to splinter or, even, implode. Such would be a tragedy. The party of statesmen like Eisenhower, Dirksen, Reagan and, now, Bob Corker has served this nation well over the years. Hopefully, the more mature leaders will prevail. 

And Democrats should find no joy or pleasure in considering such a breakup or implosion of the Republican Party. We need to recognize that there is strength and balance in the two-party system. It is  a system that contributes mightily to the greatness of our nation, when each party conducts itself with propriety and decorum.

Jody Baker 

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Jody Baker is only partly correct in the submitted letter to the editor. There is a fourth way that legislation can be "attacked" as stated. It is called "legislation by appropriation" and has been used for years by both parties when in control of the House or Senate.  A bill is approved but is not funded or under-funded. 

The House voted several times (check the congressional record) to appropriate all the money needed to run the government except the amount needed for the Affordable Care Act. It was not the Republicans or the Tea Party that was threatening to shut down the government, but rather the Senate majority Democrats and President Obama who stated over and again he would not compromise. Sen. Harry Reid would not except the House-passed appropriations, and instead demanded a "clean bill" that included ObamaCare. 

If Jody Baker and all others would actually pay attention to the facts and not blindly follow the Democratic, and media talking points, they may actually learn how Congress is run, how budget resolutions (along with all other bills) are funded and that not every Representative that votes against poor legislation is mean-spirited or childish. In fact, they may actually learn it was their own party leaders who caused the crisis out of sheer stubbornness and political hay-making. 

Roger D. Gibbens
Chattanooga


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