We, the People…
Yes, that’s what the preamble to our Constitution says. It’s all about us. Not the Senators or Representatives we vote for to represent us. So why don’t they work for us?
One of the most aggravating things I see going on in Washington D.C., and there are plenty, is the ability of those people NOT to vote on a bill. I don’t like it. I don’t get it.
I recently watched an incredible movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.” I wish everyone saw it but that’s on my “Never Gonna Happen Wish List.” (When an important movie like this one takes in just $3.7 million, there’s definitely something wrong with our priorities. But that’s for another article.)
This monster refused to provide medical care to babies actually born but was convicted of first degree murder in the death of three of the babies he or his staff intentionally killed after the infants were born alive following a failed abortion. He was also convicted of dozens of other charges resulting from his abortion mill.
How could any doctor choose not to provide medical care to a baby actually born alive? But that’s exactly what Gosnell chose to do and I’m sure there are other Gosnells out there. But should we, as a society, sanction this type of inaction? This isn’t about abortion. It’s about a baby being born alive and in distress.
Well, Nancy Pelosi and her crew don’t seem to have a problem with it. As of July 25th, she and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions 77 times!
How is this possible? I’ve tried to figure out thein the House of Representatives and they’re incomprehensible for the average person to decipher. Filibusters, parliamentary tricks, fast-tracking – how do we, the people, understand all this and the day-to-day workings of Congress? To say it’s a mystery, is an understatement.
The Senate’s rules are just as complicated. Why was Mitch McConnell able to block, named after Kate Steinle, the woman who was shot and killed in San Francisco on July 1, 2015, by an illegal immigrant who’d been deported five times and had seven felony convictions? He’s managed to block of other conservative bills from ever reaching the floor for a vote.
I don’t get why bills can be blocked. I don’t get why we, the people, are not allowed to know how each Representative or Senator votes on a particular bill. If it were up to me, the entire system would be simplified and every bill would be voted upon. If it’s time consuming, so be it. It wouldn’t be as time-consuming as filibustering.
Members of Congress should be working as much as the average man and woman in the United States. They shouldn’t be traveling overseas as much as they do on so called “fact-finding missions.” There’s plenty of work to be done for the American people and we’re entitled to it. We pay these folks big bucks and every day I read about this one or that one traveling here and there for God only knows what reasons – most of time absolutely nothing to do with the American people.
And now Congress is off the entire month of August. Where do they think they live? France? The average person gets 10 days of vacation a year, some sick leave plus holidays and the vast majority don’t make the salaries we pay these do-nothings in Congress. Members of Congress work an average of 18 hours a week – maybe 145 days a year.
I want to know which House member would vote against the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. As long as Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts prevent the bill from ever seeing the light of day, we, the people will never know. It’s shameful. It’s not transparent. We have a right to know. It’s against the edict of “We, the People.”
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.