Letter: Silver lining for Election Day
For perhaps the first time in our nation’s history, the leaders of our most powerful parties are both saddled with embarrassingly low favorability. Whether it is Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump, they will be denied the popular mandate so sought after by those pursuing our highest office.
There is a silver lining, for now is the time for Congress to take back the reigns of government. Our founders were wise in their work and created three branches that none would be too strong.
Congress has obviously had its own battles with favorability. Indeed, Congress has been in historic deadlock for almost eight years. The time has come not only to put aside the petty squabbles that has come to define this institution but to do as they were elected to do — lead, represent and compromise in order to craft the laws of the land.
On Oct. 26, the Post Independent published an article by Jerry Schwartz entitled, “Yearning for unity, enduring divisiveness,” in which Mr. Schwartz discussed the desire of the average American to find common ground. I believe that it is the responsibility of our representatives to lead in healing our nation. While our country is so divided, when we have candidates for the presidency such as these, our congressmen and women must assert their authority and demand that the executive branch take a back seat.
As James Madison stated, “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for: but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”
No longer can we as citizens permit our president to use executive orders as edicts. Let those we elected to craft our nations laws and decide how best to deal with the issues that face us. Presidents from both parties are guilty of abusing the practice. With our future unpopular president, it is a perfect opportunity for executive orders to be curbed.
H. Schuyler Halsey
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