LETTERS: Congress’ low rating; Hoover’s words about honesty

Congress’ low rating

Congressional approval has stayed low for the past decades because the members refuse to do their job. They get elected and seem to forget that once they become Congress members they are no longer Republicans or Democrats but members of the most powerful body on earth.

However, in the past few decades they have allowed the president to assume the power they are supposed to exercise. This has happened because they stopped working together for the good of the country and starting putting party first.

Just look at when the Republicans were in charge and there was a Democratic president and vice versa. Speaking for myself, once someone is elected I expect that person to exercise good judgment and do what they feel is good for the country regardless of who comes up with the original idea.

Whatever happened to the veto override, and when did Congress become so afraid of the sitting president that they became his puppets? You heard it from Democratic and Republican leaders alike, the president says he wants this and if he says he will veto it let’s not even discuss it.

If we wanted to live under oneperson rule we wouldn’t need the Constitution. What makes anyone think that one person knows better than 535?

It is my understanding that Congress is supposed to pass laws and the president is supposed to enforce them. We have reached a point in this country where if the president doesn’t like a law the Congress doesn’t even try to pass one, so why do we need Congress?

When Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in office all the Republicans were up in arms about them not cooperating with congressional investigations; but now that a Republican is in office, the Democrats are up in arms.

The bottom line is, all of Congress should be angry and demanding that whoever is in office follows the rules of Congress. If you don’t want to live in a country like Russia, you need to start acting like the professionals you are supposed to be (Representatives of the United States of America), not Democrats and Republicans.

Congress, quit giving your constitutional authority to the president and start acting like the people’s representatives that you are supposed to be — and that means all the people, not just the members of your party. In my opinion you have become nothing more than rubber stamps for the president. When your man is in charge you feel important, and when the opposing party is in charge you fight them every step of the way.

Please start working together and start doing what as a body you feel is best for the country, and start telling the president you are the ones who make the law, not the other way around. The president’s job is to enforce the laws you make and when they don’t, hold them accountable.

This latest with Ukraine is just the latest example. Did the president abuse his office when he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate an opponent? The question is, was it wrong? There is no question he did ask. If you don’t think it was, then say so; if you do, then do something about it.

This dancing around the question because you are afraid of not getting reelected is the very reason it is reaching the point where Congress is simply a waste of time and money. Take the money wasted on salaries, staff and whatever else; use it to pay off the debt.

Disagreement on policy is healthy. Disagreement just because of party affiliation is ignorant and shows a lack of character. I am simply asking that you do your job, before I end up living in an elected dictatorship.

Roger C. Hyer

Donna

Hoover’s words about honesty

“Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.” “When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

— Herbert Hoover.

Martha Garcia

Edinburg

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