Congress derelict in its duty

There’s no clearer example of how Congressional dereliction of than its failure to pass a federal budget in more than three years. The recently brokered deal between the Democratic Senate majority leader and the House Republican Speaker to fund government with a continuing resolution until Oct. 1, conveniently bypassing the November election, is a depressing attempt to cover-up their negligence.

This is not gridlock. It is not hyper-partisanship. It is blatant irresponsibility. Approving the budget is one of the most fundamental duties of Congress.

I would say that every member of Congress – Republican and Democrat – ought to be ashamed of themselves. But in order for someone to feel shame, they must first have a degree of integrity and know what is right. Sadly, those are rare character traits in Congress.

Americans shouldn’t be surprised at such poor performance. Whether Democrat or Republican, Congressman routinely ignore their oath of office to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” by granting unchecked power to bureaucrats, abrogated their responsibility to declare war, and grant the president the unconstitutional power to detain and even kill American citizens at will.

The House of Representatives recently held the Attorney General of the United States in contempt of Congress. The American people should hold the entire Congress in contempt of the Constitution come November.