Obama Meets Congressional Resistance, Selectively Sulks
It worked. And somehow, the man who is the alleged expert on the Constitution did not perceive that the mechanism of the bicameral Congress and the three branches of government would impede reckless agendas. It worked.
Mr. Obama seems unable to grasp the fact that, as mentioned in Federalist 45 by James Madison, “[t]he powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
The president seems frustrated that he isn’t getting “his” way. In an article in the Washington Times, “President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the 'disadvantage' of having each state represented equally in the Senate.”
Progressives would like nothing more than a giant merger of all (57) states and national popular voting.
Disappointed and finger-pointing once again, Mr. Obama blames our form of government for not allowing his plans to be implemented. Curiously, Mr. Obama does not point to Harry Reid and his antics in the Senate.
Yes, blocking the flow of ideas and legislation is Mr. Reid’s forte. Like Johnny Quick of the LA Kings, Reid prevents bills duly and legally passed by the House of Representatives, the People’s house, from even getting voting consideration in the Senate. Now there is an impediment, Mr. Obama. Have you noticed?
Perhaps the rules preventing legislation passed by one chamber of Congress to be dismissed by the “other” chamber is what is required. No person such as Harry Reid, from an under-populated non-essential state like Nevada, should essentially roadblock the work of the House of Representatives to protect the president’s agenda and hide the voting records of the sitting Senators. But I don’t think this is what the president is speaking to, exactly.
An article in The Hill mentions, “Out of the 195 House-passed bills that are now stalled in the Senate, 31 were written by Democrats, and many have been awaiting Senate approval for close to a year. “
Eric Cantor has established a website dedicated to bills stuck in the Senate.
The Founding Fathers crafted the Constitution after years of studying centuries of world government. In so doing, they prepared for those who may attempt to force into effect agenda whims fashioned to temporal ideology, to meet with significant systemic resistance. Any expert in the Constitution would have known. Why is the “expert” surprisingly frustrated?
The Founders and Framers seemed to envision a president with such designs. Unfortunately, what they didn’t envision or prepare for was a barely elected two-bit senator from a one-bit state blocking legislation passed in the House from any due consideration in the Senate. Mr. Madison, meet Harry Reid, the man who is singlehandedly, in a democratic representative society, undoing the system. One might ask by whose direction.