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July 27, 2014

Lib Dem Obamabot Declares That Role Of Congress Is To Sit Back And Let The Dictator Dictate

I'm sure that her position is consistent with some constitution -- just not the Constitution of the United States.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.

“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are must to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.

Now that argument is wrong on so many levels.

First, Congress is responsible for making the laws. How can it determine if the laws need to be changed or modified if it cannot know how (or if) the Executive Branch is carrying them out.

Second, Congress is responsible for funding the government. How can it determine what to budget if it does not know what is going on in the Executive Branch?

Third, Congress has the right to impeach a president and other Executive branch officials for high crimes and misdemeanors. How can it determine if there is cause for impeachment if it is denied the information needed to make such a determination.

What Eleanor Holmes Norton describes is not a federal system -- it is a dictatorship with a rubber-stamp legislature, much like one finds in Cuba or North Korea. But then again, anyone who has followed her career would recognize that such a system is exactly what she supports -- provided it is a dictatorship controlled by an ideological ally like Obama.





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