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Better Framing on Censure


Pretty frequently, a really astute comment leaps out at me from our wonderful readers, like this one from Anne:

"The question isn’t ‘should the president be censured?’ The question is, ‘Why does it take a censure resolution to get the majority party to pay even lip service to fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide oversight with respect to the actions and policies of the executive and judicial branches of this government?’ It’s time for the Congress, and particularly the Republicans, to decide whether choosing to protect the president instead of choosing to protect the interests of the American people, is the wisest course of action, and whether that choice is truly serving national security, or political power."

Much better framing than what we heard on the Sunday talking head shows today. 

And a much better question for the American public:  why does it take this much of a push to get the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress to do its constitutional duty and provide oversight?  Who do they serve — their party power brokers?  Or the American public and the Constitution?  Isn’t it about time we started asking them about that?

Like the President, members of Congress swear an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States.  I say we hold them to their oath.

(Picture via Kevin Gilbert, who wrote this fantastic article full of tips for taking better photos — and provided the fantastic examples.  Brilliant stuff, and lovely for some Sunday morning viewing.  Kudos!)

PS:  Today is the last day for Koufax voting.  Just FYI.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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