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  •  Right. It has to do with Congress asserting (8+ / 0-)

    its power.  Power, to be felt, has to hurt.  So, deprivation under cover of law has always been on the Congressional agenda. After all, before the ink was dry on the Constitution, a significant segment of the population was legally declared to be less than a whole person.
    Now they want to declare a thimble full of fetal tissue to be a person. And the woman in whom that fetal tissue is sprouting has no right to bodily integrity, privacy, or appropriate health care.
    It's not recent that our legislative bodies have been stuffed with people who want to rule, not serve. Indeed, the principle of "sovereign immunity" persuaded them that they were right to consider themselves as rulers and fonts of the law of the land. "Sovereign immunity," btw did not begin to be phased out for public officials until the passage of the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1947, in response to profiteering during the Second World War. But, it really didn't take off until the FOIA and government in the sunshine legislation made it possible for citizens to know what the public officials are actually up to. Which, in turn, accounst in large part for "privatization," an effort to hide what is going on by letting private corporations act as surrogates for public officials.
    Even the introduction of "professional administrators," whose decisions are protected from scrutiny by public officials is an effort to render decision-making opaque.
    Administrative professionals or technocrats are not to be questioned because they are smarter than everyone else and, presumably, have no personal interest. Of course, like the prosecutors in the judicial system, they do.  The interest is called "ambition," but that is supposed to be good. Nobody would fudge information to make themselves look good in some important person's or even the electorate's eyes.

    But, Congress is different.  The Capitol Hill Gang have learned to promote their own power by not doing their jobs. They don't regulate to protect the environment. They don't provide for the general welfare. They don't even promote special interests. They just make promises and take money for their re-election efforts and even assert with pride that they recognize no obligation to their supporters or their constituents. It's very clever.  How do you prosecute someone for not doing anything?

    The Party of No is almost impervious to correction.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:38:26 AM PST

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    •  Hannah, the last paragraph of your (1+ / 0-)
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      comment is very apt and very powerful. May I steal it?

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:04:48 AM PST

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