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Checks and balances, the executive the legislative and the judicial branches of government are supposed to work together for the common good of the American citizenry. So what to do about one of the branches that decides it wants to commandeer the entire process? Maybe it's time for the president to use executive power to put this country back in balance, the constant gridlock accomplishes nothing but grief.

The case needs to be made to the American people! Why should we continue to be reactive? What's wrong with being proactive? Criminals are proactive, terrorists are proactive, subversives are proactive, fanatics are proactive! Still and all they are a minority but somehow control the tack this country takes. It's time that the educated and inclusive, individuals who have a general and genuine concern for their human brothers and sisters take this country back from the lunatic fringe. It's time to quit using 3 syllable quips to make a point, it's time to stop diddling around, it's time to start being proactive!

The executive branch of this government has the authority to suspend habeas corpus, part of the oath of office is defending the Constitution. Article 1, Section 9 states, "The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it." Habeas corpus is a concept of law, in which a person may not be held by the government without a valid reason for being held. A writ of habeas corpus can be issued by a court upon a government agency (such as a police force or the military). Such a writ compels the agency to produce the individual to the court, and to convince the court that the person is being reasonably held. The suspension of habeas corpus allows an agency to hold a person without a charge. Suspension of habeas corpus is often equated with martial law.

Because of this connection of the two concepts, it is often argued that only Congress can declare martial law, because Congress alone is granted the power to suspend the writ. The President, however, is commander-in-chief of the military, and it has been argued that the President can take it upon himself to declare martial law. In these times, Congress may decide not to act, effectively accepting martial law by failing to stop it; Congress may agree to the declaration, putting the official stamp of approval on the declaration; or it can reject the President's imposition of martial law, which could set up a power struggle between the Congress and the Executive that only the Judiciary would be able to resolve.<

Abraham Lincoln said in 1854, "The legitimate object of government is to do for people what needs to be done." "Why not each individual," he said, "take himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away , , , ?" He answered saying that government should do what people cannot do by individual effort. Lincoln cited many examples of things that people cannot do on their own: making and maintaining roads and bridges, providing for the helpless, providing schools, and disposing of the deceased's property. Other responsibilities of government, Lincoln pointed out, are because of the "injustice of men." These responsibilities include the forming and maintaining of the military, police, and civil departments. Lincoln said the government should protect its citizens and prevent them from committing wrongs. He said it was not the government's place to redress the wrongs of the world, but it "may, and ought to, redress all wrongs which are wrongs to the nation itself." So one of the beacons that the right holds up basically contradicts their actions today!

Look at what the Gipper had to say about Congress bringing the government to the precipice of default!

"Unfortunately, Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility -- two things that set us apart from much of the world." 1987

"This country now possesses the strongest credit in the world," Reagan wrote. "The full consequences of a default – or even the serious prospect of default – by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns." 1983

Just on a little research anyone can tell the right-wing antagonists have gone too far, they are paralyzing the government and putting every American citizen in jeopardy. The rhetoric has gotten to the point of being lascivious, slanderous, and treasonous! I'm saying now that the president needs to take the bull by the horns and cleanup this government before we end up past the point of no return. We should not be looking at anyone else's house but our own, and to continue to use 3 syllable blurbs to try and discuss how angry we are, or how appalled at the direction this political napalm is moving in is a joke. I know it won't happen but these fools who are blocking the progress of this nation need to be removed by force if necessary and bring the branches of government back into balance. If the world is looking for leadership from America then America should brandish that leadership and cleanup its own house, what better way to lead than by example.


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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "There is nary a fool so idiotic as to discourage other fools from paying heed!" >>>>> Walter Pidgeon "Sufficient for each day is its own badness!" >>>>> Jesus Christ

    by jonnybullet on Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 11:28:16 PM PDT

  •  The right wan's to drown government in the bath (4+ / 0-)
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    nocynicism, OooSillyMe, AnnieR, Smoh

    tub, the left wants to use the government to do for people what needs to be done.  We are close to a radical change in government instruments to do what needs to be done, but there's that drowning issue from the right wing of the GOP-Tea Kochers.  If they drown the government then they rule America without competition.  What could go wrong?

  •  That oath isn't the oath the President takes. (1+ / 0-)
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    The Presidential oath says nothing about "enemies, foreign and domestic".

    It just says preserve protect and defend the Constitution.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 11:55:02 PM PDT

  •  One Look At Mitch McConnell's Face @ Fancy Farm (4+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, nocynicism, OooSillyMe, Smoh

    told a new story.  Alison Grimes mocked Mitch & chewed him up in little bite sized pieces.  The old boy is not used to that kind of opponent slicing & dicing.  His pretty wife sitting next to him had a pasted on smile thru the skewering......but it had a distinct air of "get me out of here".

    Alison has stopped whining.  She could be a role model for every other Dem running.....if they would only step up to the plate.  That, however, is a big IF.    

  •  Right. Let's declare martial law and throw (1+ / 0-)
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    the bastards out of office. And replace them with - democratically elected legislators?

    Or were you planning on shifting over to the monarchy that we were trying to get away from when that same Constitution was written?

    Because either the polity can elect its representatives, or it can't. And however idiotic the current legislators are, they were elected by the same system that would be called on to find their replacements - unless you are planning on rewriting the basis for this country's government at the same time. In which case, of course, since you would be scrapping the Constitution, it would not matter whether it confers that power on the President.

    I find it odd that you quote Reagan to us to promote this scheme - did you then think so well of him as a President? Because if you did, I suspect you're posting on the wrong site.


    I'm just a hair away from Hide Rating this diary, and if I do it will be the first time I've ever dropped a donut on a diarist for advocating treason under the guise of trying to fight it.

    mouseover the bar (I'm practicing for DK5)

    by serendipityisabitch on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 01:17:33 AM PDT

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