Think about that title up there for a second. We are a nation of laws. We entrust Congress with writing those laws. Yet they refuse to abide by them and often give themselves specific exemption from the laws they pass to govern us. They seem unable to remember that THEY work for US, and not the other-way-’round.
Americans are CITIZENS, not SUBJECTS. Within reason and the Constitution, we do what we want, not what we are told. Many people of many countries do what they are told. We call these people “Europeans” “Chinese” “Russians” etc. We do NOT call them “Americans”.
All American adults know that Obama is an idiot and thinks we are all to do what he tells us to do because he, for completely inexplicable reasons not grounded in any way, shape or form in fact, thinks he is smarter than we and somehow thinks he gets to tell us what to do rather than just do his job, which is to execute laws passed by Congress (not just play hoops & golf, and travel).
But our Representatives in Congress are OUR Representatives WE hire to PASS laws under the principle of SELF-GOVERNMENT.
Is there a solution to this? Well, first of all, we shouldn’t NEED a solution to a problem of those writing laws for all of us not following those laws themselves…. but evidently we do.
Apply the same laws to Congress – including Healthcare and Social Security (both of which they have exempted themselves from but force us to use) – that apply to everyone else. Put it in the Constitution if we have to. And vote AGAINST anyone who does not vote FOR the passage of equal treatment legislation.
Come to think of it, why isn’t this equal protection covered by the 14th Amendment? If we ALL are subject to the same laws – per the 14th – then how can I be jailed for insider trading if Pelosi cannot?
I understand the issue of Congresspersons being immune from arrest during session (don’t agree with it, but understand it), but between the end of a Congress (the current – 112th- Congress adjourns on 3 Jan 2013, and the next – 113th Congress – opens later that same day), there is at least the time necessary to call the 112th to a close and to call the 113th to order, leaving a gap of at least seconds and more likely minutes.
During this gap anyone suspected of insider trading must be arrested; it is ILLEGAL.
Also subject to arrest at that time should be both Pelosi and Reid, and both must be arrested. Why? Because the law REQUIRES the Congress to pass a budget by a date certain each year. They have refused to, ergo they are in violation of the law. Arrest them, try them and, if guilty (no question, right? we don’t have a budget), put them in jail.
This is supposed to be a government of LAWS, not a government of MEN.
Maybe our legislators must be FORCED to act like it?