I have written about my thoughts on our Congress….thoughts that will not be popular but nonetheless something needs to be considered because the the dysfunction in our legislative branch of government.
You can read my thoughts here…..https://lobotero.com/2019/04/24/against-bicameralism/
Our Senate is as worthless as teats on a boar….it is non-functioning at best. Time for a change…..that is if you want this country finally start progressing to a better future.
There are so many things that need changing and most of them will take a Constitutional Convention……things like guns, the emoluments, voting rights, etc….so if we decide to have this debate then why not include the Congress and a way to make it better or at least functioning.
Since civics is not priority in our educational system let me do it for you……what is the function of the legislative branch?
The House has several powers assigned exclusively to it, including the power to initiate revenue bills, impeach federal officials, and elect the President in the case of an electoral college tie.
The Senate has the sole power to confirm those of the President’s appointments that require consent, and to ratify treaties. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule: The House must also approve appointments to the Vice Presidency as well as any treaty that involves foreign trade. The Senate also tries impeachment cases for federal officials referred to it by the House.
In order to pass legislation and send it to the President for his signature, both the House and the Senate must pass the same bill by majority vote. If the President vetoes a bill, they may override his veto by passing the bill again in each chamber with at least two-thirds of each body voting in favor.
That is a very simplistic look at the branch (if more info is needed my I suggest use the Google button)
Do not get me wrong I do understand the concept of “checks and balances”…..but what good is it when the system makes a dysfunction commonplace?
But in case your Civics is not what it use to be…..
The system of checks and balances in government was developed to ensure that no one branch of government would become too powerful. The framers of the U.S. Constitution built a system that divides power between the three branches of the U.S. government—legislative, executive and judicial—and includes various limits and controls on the powers of each branch.
Again very simplistic but for the sake of brevity will have to do or you could do what I advised earlier.
Now that all that explanation and historic stuff is out of the way…..
Since the Congress is useless maybe it is time to reconsider the make-up of said institution. The Senate is where good bills go to die.
In my opinion Going to one house for legislation makes good sense…..
My idea is get rid of the senator post ….keep representatives….. they will be limited to 10 terms…..the two most senior reps from each state will be elevated to the post of senator, a post within the House.
The leader will be known as the Speaker For The Assembly and that post will be determined entire Congress…..majority of votes elevate the person to speaker a post that can be held for 6 years….then a new election will determine the next speaker.
I feel this could open up the chance for the country to move forward without all the BS that goes with the two houses.
AS it is today the most useless part of our government is the legislative branch is the Senate…that needs to be modified for the sake of the nation and its people.
I continue to believe that unicameralism is the only way this country can recover and move forward with progress.
More of my thoughts to come.
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