Abolish strict Congressional courtesy rules
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Here is a letter to Vice President Biden:
sent February 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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February 8, 2013:
Dear Mr. Vice President:
As the only member of the Federal Government who is a member of TWO branches (Executive and Legislative),you, Mr. Vice President, are in a unique position to clear a logjam in Government.
To illustrate how harmful logjams in Government can be:
During the 18th century, the Kingdom of Poland had a law requiring a UNANIMOUS vote by the Polish Diet (Parliament) in order to initiate a declaration of war.
Since unanimous votes by independent legislative bodies are extremely rare, nothing was done by the Government in emergency situations. Consequently, Poland was rendered unable to defend itself against foreign attack and partition, and the country disappeared from the map by 1795 after a series of orchestrated converging partitions by Austria, Prussia and Russia.
We have a similar legislative bind today in the United States. It is described as "Congressional Courtesy".
This is a violation of the Oath of Office. It delimits defense of the Constitution to the State line of US Senators and the District boundaries of US Representatives. Nothing is done by Government in emergency situations involving harmful attacks on the Constitution. Consequently, the United States Congress is unable to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
If the US Congress fails to deviate from this "norm" of Congressional Courtesy, the United States could disappear from the map as easily and quickly as Poland was partitioned off the map.
Mr. Vice President, I implore you to lead this effort to instruct all Members of Congress to respond to the requests of US Citizens, US nationals AND FOREIGN NATIONALS who live outside the State, Territory or District of any member, IN ALL INSTANCES wherein the request involves an emergency resulting from a violation of the Constitution, in all cases wherein the Constitution can be reasonably invoked, so that all members of Congress will NOT REFUSE in such instances to adhere to their Oaths of Office.
This will reduce citizen frustration, and make workdays of all staffers who work for Congress much less emotionally hectic and more pleasant and satisfying. It will also prevent obstructive cabals.
In this way, Members of Congress will no longer be forced into a "do-nothing" stance as a standard response to emergency citizen requests to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Very truly yours,
PO Box 877
Edgmont, PA 19028-0877
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