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All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

This means that no branch may exercise powers that properly belong to another (e.g., since the legislative power is only vested in Congress, the executive and judiciary may not enact laws).

The Revelations of the past month are a result of laws of the land.  What amazes me is that Americans are CLUELESS as to laws (and tools) the House of Representatives and the Senate have provided the Executive branch to ferret out potential terrorist.

I don't think many Americans really care.  It's all an opportunity to slam and smear President Obama.  And an opportunity for Republicans to redirect the focus of Americans from the Failures of the Regressive Party.

Comments reveal how little Americans understand our government.   Americans must have slumbered through ninth grade civics class.

Our President executes the laws that your Senators and House Representative give him.  So if your Senators and your House Representative rescind the Patriot Act, then there is NO LAW for the President to execute.

Problem Solved.  

But me thinks that many Americans simply want something to whine about.

And blame President Obama.

In 2001 When Bush and Company first passed this law(Patriot Act) only 1 Senator and 66 members of the House voted against it.

And as illustrated by many of the blog comments and stories, Americans today are as puzzled as the Senate and the House in 2001.

Media accounts suggest that Americans TODAY had an epiphany that our phone conversations are handed over to the government and it's been going on for more than 10 years.

So who do I hold responsible for what the government is doing? The government has broken NO LAW....I'm aware of.  And because your Senator and Representative didn't object more than 10 years ago to the implementation by Bush and Company the tool is still being used today.

Your House Representative and Senator knows or should have known (if they were doing their job) that this is going on.

Now who is responsible?

YOU ARE.

If you don't call your Senator and Representative and complain.

You can take the infantile position and blame everything on President Obama or be responsible.

So stop whining and act.

Originally posted to StanleyYelnats dotcom on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 10:28 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  there needs to be an amendment (1+ / 0-)
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    Simplify

    saying that the legislative branch can not vote way it's or other branches powers to either of the other branches of government. I think that's the heart of the problem.

    the executive has accumulated powers that by-pass the courts and congress.

    the courts have accumulated powers that by-pass the legislative branch.. sometimes making low by fiat

    and now congress is husk of it's former self. there was a time when the founders believed that the power was going to lie with congress. it's not the least effective part of the government

    •  There already is such a principle (0+ / 0-)

      It's how the Supreme Court knocked down Congress's attempt to give President Clinton a "line-item veto" over the budget.

      But yes, the founders didn't countenance the legislative and judicial branches giving away their power so willingly. The whole idea behind checks and balances is that officials in each part of government would jealously guard their own power. I don't blame the founders; it's been a long time since they wrote that document! But it's not in effect any more. Time for America to accept it and start a new social contract.

      This article is clarifying:

      Democrats and the Iron Law of Institutions
      A Tiny Revolution

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 03:07:07 PM PDT

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  •  For the record Wyden voted Yea in 2001 (0+ / 0-)

    but was one of the ten who voted 'Nay' in 2006. My Rep in congress Blumenauer vote 'Nay' both times.

    Russ Feingold of Wisconsin was the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act on October 24, of 2001.

    Wyden pisses me off on a regular basis. 90% of the time he does the right thing, but then he signs on to stuff like replacing Medicaid and SCHIP with private insurance. He took money from  the Direct Marketing of Assn, and wrote their "You Can Spam" Act almost verbatim. The DMA had never given him money before and after they got their law, never gave him money again.

    It was such a blatant example of quid pro quo.

    I lost a lot of respect for the man after that. I am surprised he does not just publish a price list. Look at who gives him money and look at his voting record.

    Maybe the NSA is my fault, but until I can give Ron $489,875, like the Health Professionals did to get him to sponsor the Healthy Americans Act, I am not likely to get him to return my emails.

    I guess I am just in a bad mood today

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 10:22:47 AM PDT

  •  I call chickenshit (1+ / 0-)
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    mythatsme

    The executive branch has been amassing money and power through federal agencies since time immemorial.

    The CIA, NSA and every other acronym you can spit at are not overseen by congress other than funding bills that no-one opposes.

    Unless they are impeding "business interests."

    Ralph Nader the other day stated that we've reached a fascist state and no matter what your feelings on "Junior's" rise to power - I tend to agree with the man.

    And I had a Corvair. It was a shade of puked-avocado green..

    SKF E19 Ahh, the good old dayze..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 01:26:56 PM PDT

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