A new Rasmussen Reports national poll released August 30th reveals 57% of adult Americans would vote to oust the entire current Congress and start over. According to the survey only 25% would keep the current Congressional roster.
These results underscore a rising public outcry against what is generally perceived to be an all out assault on the “inalienable rights” safe-guarded by the U.S. Constitution.
It’s not really difficult to track the underlying reasons for this level of disgust. More and more people are actually reading the mountains of proposed laws whereas most of their elected representatives don’t even bother much less stand ready to offer other than ideological reasons for their embracing such legislation. In fact, the Rasmussen poll showed 74% of the voters trust their own economic judgment more than that of the Congress.
For instance, only 22% of those questioned on the matter of health care said they believe members of Congress have a good understanding of that legislation now pending.
Much of the mistrust could be viewed as a result of the rush to enact highly controversial measures absent benefit of due deliberation or even hearing opposing voices.
For many the teapot boiled over when Congress was passing that $700-Billion bailout amidst a seeming financial industry meltdown. Add to that the billions at stake in the proposed health care legislation which would –if approved as is- would require mandated insurance in lieu of fines, coverage for illegal aliens while turning the elderly sick into shovel-ready projects, a White House takeover of the Census count, unbridled spending on pure pork that’s getting increasingly hard to swallow, damage to the national security apparatus, and on and on. At least those issues are out in the open. But there are stealth issues making their way through Congress as well which potentially could have slipped completely under the radar had it not been for the power of the Internet and its use by “citizen watchdogs.”
For example, look at HR45 (the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009) filed by Democrat Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois. Rush, founder of the Illinois Black Panthers, named his bill after a black youth gunned down in a drive-by. His measure would criminalize gun ownership unless there is full compliance with registration of any firearm or ammunition, fingerprinting, submission of a current driver’s license as well as your social security number, submission to a physical and mental evaluation, and supply notification to authorities of any public or private sale of any firearm at a cost of $25. Failure to comply would result in automatic loss of the right to own a firearm and subject violators up to a year in jail. There is also a Child Protection clause (page 16, section 305) which dictates that a gun must be locked and inaccessible to anyone under the age of 18 with surprise inspection by authorities to make sure this is done. Violators would be punished with up to 5 years in jail.
With this unequaled scrutiny being applied to Congressional and other government actions by a public armed with private computers and access to the Internet can it be any big surprise that there is now a move afoot to grant the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the web?
Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV has drafted S.773 which would permit the president to seize such control during a so-called “cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks to counter any such “threat.” The measure would include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in private hands be managed by people who have been awarded that license. The Rockefeller plan follows President Obama’s declaration last May the government “is not prepared” as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator post would be created on the White House staff.
Under terms of the plan the White House is supposed to periodically map private networks “deemed to be critical,” and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government.
Excuse me, but I seem to recall a great hue and cry in U.S. government circles when the Iranian government shut off Twitter and other means of communication with the outside world by its citizens protesting the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently.
See some kind of pattern yet?
Wash down these examples with this: No term limit for President Obama?
New York Representative Jose Serrano has introduced resolution (H.J. Res. 5) which seeks to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, thus removing term limits for presidents. You read it right. Serrano unabashedly wishes to allow Obama unlimited 4-year terms. This might be cause for some concern if you consider that Obama sided with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in June in denouncing the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya calling it an illegal coup never mind that Zelaya was found guilty of violating Honduran law, attempting to change his country’s constitution to permit him to stay in office indefinitely. He was ousted on a vote of the Honduran Supreme Court and Congress with the support of a majority of the people.
It all begs the question, whatever happened to the will of the people? Is that no longer supported in our own country’s highest offices? This can be seen in the Rasmussen poll which shows 69% of registered Republican voters even think GOP members of Congress are out of touch with their base that put them in Washington.