2012-02-09 / Letters

Legislature has too much power

Where, when and how did we start losing the freedom guaranteed us by the Constitution of the United States of America?

From the time our founders created the Constitution and our Bill of Rights we maintained a balance between the executive and legislative branches of government.

The drafting of the 22nd Amendment on March 21, 1947, was acted upon without hesitation by the legislative branch, as doing so gave them even greater power over the executive branch and the people of the United States than that which formerly existed in the Constitution.

With no control over term limits applied to the legislative branch the door is opened for senators and representatives to convert their elected positions into permanent career opportunities.

Personal riches, control and corruption are proving to be the consequence.

Since the ratification of the 22nd Amendment on Feb. 27,1951, we are witnessing our individual freedoms being placed in jeopardy by a power-hungry Congress more focused on their personal wealth than the needs of those who elected them.

Today we see unemployment at an all-time high, cost of living on a continued incline and an oversized government that fails to understand basic economics.

We have watched the transition of our Congress changing from that of being included under the term “all men created equal” to that of considering themselves as royalty.

They are now enjoying the power of voting themselves a yearly pay increase, the passage of laws that pertain to all U.S. citizens excluding themselves as well as their families.

We see the new Obama medical care program under review or investigation by the Supreme Court based on its constitutionality, whereby it too includes some American citizens while exempting others.

It excludes Muslims, Amish and others from compliance while making it mandatory for Christians, Jews, etc., to buy medical insurance.

Remember the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education 1954. The doctrine of separate but equal has no place in the American justice system.

Robert Nighthawk Vann
Thousand Oaks

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