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  •  Of course no system can work when a key (2+ / 0-)
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    component is broken. Whenever Congress lacks the self esteem to demand and stand upon its powers a runaway executive is quite possible.

    No executive would dare refuse to answer the legislative branch's legitimate oversight questions or comply with its laws if that legislature took pride in its position and nonpartisanly treated blatant refusal as the high crime it is with impeachment and conviction swift to follow.

    Then, a Congress truly and frequently reminded that it serves at the pleasure of awake, aware and educated citizens would not so easily become the sleeping dog it became. In the end we do collectively get the government we deserve.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Feb 18, 2009 at 10:04:30 AM PST

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    •  Apparently this Congress is afraid to... (1+ / 0-)
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      "go to the mat" over their co-equal status.  They've been especially reluctant to let the bushie packed courts decide areas of disputed authority between the Executive and the Legislative Branches--apparently believing the court would rule in favor of the Executive.

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