It’s Congress, Stupid!

Power is never given, only ever taken. If we insist upon remaining un-empowered, no one will stop us from being un-empowered. But read on...

Not only does candidate Donald Trump need to read the US Constitution, but every citizen and every voter must read it to understand that our problems and failings in the US are not the presidencies, but the Congress.

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Only last week, the Senate failed to include authorization in the budget to fix the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, but many senators who voted against clean drinking water for Flint, were not too happy with the mere $38 billion give-away to Israel and are asking for additional funds. This is the Congress we have.

A Congress that is at the pecking of AIPAC, Wall Street, and special interests groups, but not the representative of the American people certainly not the representative of Main Street.

It is interesting to note that Congress spent tens of millions of dollars investigating the collapse of our financial system that affected tens of millions here in the US and around the world.

After more than 2 years of investigation, Congress concluded its findings, issued a report of tens of thousands of pages, sealed the report and sent it to the National Archives for 5 years, rather than to the Justice Department to avoid bringing charges against specific names and specific banks named in the report. This is the kind of Congress we have — covering criminal enterprises.

Anyone who believes that Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton will make a material difference to the future of the nation is a stupid fool. It is the Congress that has the real power to reshape the nation and its future. The Speaker of the House, while not enjoying the privileges of Air Force One and the trappings of the Presidency, is the most powerful man in Washington.

While Article I vests the power of the Commander in Chief in the President, Section 2 limits and defines such powers by “advice and consent”.

Notice that Article 1, Section 8 gives Congress the power to tax and spend. Add to that the 16th Amendment, which gave Congress the exclusive right to levy the tax and authorize spending, while Clause 3 vests the “Commerce Powers” in Congress to regulate the movement of people, goods and trade between the different states and internationally.

The president does not enjoy such powers.

So when you hear both candidates promise they would take charge and make the promised changes, they are lying and they know it.

It is Congress that enabled through 30,000 pages of tax regulations, many of US companies to shift their manufacturing operation overseas, to put many people out of jobs and to allow companies to cheat workers out of their pensions and retirements without any problems and “park” more than $ 2 trillion of profits in tax havens.

Peak Whorehouse -- Netanyahu gets 29 standing ovations in Joint Session of the American Knesset on 24 May 2011

Peak Whorehouse — Netanyahu’s standing ovations in Joint Session of the American Knesset

It is the same Congress that allowed and enabled Wall Street to spend $100 Billion on legal fees to defend itself against the millions of people whose livelihoods were ruined by the criminal and reckless negligence of Wall Street.

If the American people want to shape the future of our nation, then we must start with Congress, because this is where the metastasizing cancer that afflicts our nation lies. Don’t expect Congress or the Supreme Court to make the necessary changes, we have to take charge and do it at the voting booth.

Without our votes, members of Congress could never get elected even if they spent $30 million on an election campaign.

To achieve that, we need to follow these 12 Commandments:

1. TERM LIMITS: Candidates for local and congressional offices must be committed to term limits (6-8 years), thus transforming legislative houses to citizen houses, rather than a place for lifetime professional politicians;

2. STOP SENIORITY: Candidates must be committed to ending the seniority system, which gives a long time sitting politicians an unfair edge in money and influence in elections; and committed to changing this seniority system once in office;

3. LIMIT OUTSIDE MONEY: Candidates must be committed not to seek or accept any funding from outside their local, congressional or senatorial districts, thus limiting the amount and influence of outside money.

4. REDUCE LOBBY BRIBE MONEY: Candidates must commit themselves to a maximum of 3 months of campaigning and accepting no “issue” funding from special lobbies.

5. STOP TRAITOROUS BEHAVIORS: Candidates must be committed to America first, before other countries; and seek to limit the undue influence Israel and its Fifth Column and AIPAC have over Congress and the White House;

Israel fired upon the USS Liberty, and Lyndon Johnson let them off scot free so that he could pander for votes

Israel or America First? After Israel fired upon the USS Liberty in an effort to sink it, Lyndon Johnson let them slither off scot free so that he could pander to a certain voting demographic. To this day, America’s politicians genuflect to the Zionist lobby.

6. REFORM TAX SYSTEM: Candidates must be committed to reform and overhaul the Tax System, simplifying it from 300,000 pages to less than 30 pages, making sure that every citizen, every corporation and every business pay their fair share of the tax; no more tax loopholes;

7. COMMIT TO BUILD AMERICA: Candidates must be committed to re-invest in America First; in re-industrialization of America; in infrastructure; public transportation systems; public education; industrial education; parks and public facilities; to force the more than $3 trillion of America’s corporate money sitting in tax shelters back to the US;

8. TURN AWAY FOREIGN BRIBE MONEY: Candidates must commit themselves to not accepting lobby money or favors, including paid trips by foreign governments, lobbyists or special interests.

9. STOP FINANCIAL INSANITY: Candidates must be committed to a drastic reform of the financial system, including reining in the undue and toxic influence Wall Street has on our political, economic and social life; and make sure that corporations (as “citizens”) are subject to criminal prosecution, with executives going to jail for crimes or fraud committed by their corporations;

10. REFORM JUSTICE: Candidates must be committed to reform our judicial, criminal justice, social and welfare services system to bring America in line with other nations, and seek reconciliation between all of our citizens, making America the united nation we should be;

11. BALANCE BUDGET: Candidates must be committed to a balanced budget with a budget cycle of 5 years, thus avoiding the paralysis facing our nation annually.

12. NO MORE PREEMPTIVE WARS FOR CORPORATE POWERS: Candidates must be committed to no more wars while keeping our nation strong to defend itself against enemy aggression.

We as citizens and voters must not underestimate our power, the right to vote, which is more powerful than all the billions candidates can raise in elections. Without our votes, no one can win an office.

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4 Responses to "It’s Congress, Stupid!"

  1. cynthiamaccioli  September 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    We have rigged, hackable voting machines here. Explain how our vote counts.

    • Sami Jamil Jadallah  September 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Of course, we have rigged political and ” democratic” and economic system. No one can deny that. Just look at the primaries and what happened in the Democratic and Republican primaries to know the system is rigged. We need to overhaul the entire primary system to have ALL the primaries in all the states on one day. Limit presidential candidates to a 6 months primaries… no more caucus, straw polls and delegates etc. Make our election process like those in Europe. There are No superdelegate or junior delegate or free delegates, Let the voters decides, all the voters decides directly and not through proxy with “activists” making the decision. I totally agree with you.

  2. joetv  September 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Anyone who believes change can be found within the current system, is a fool. Change will happen when enough men loose their jobs, homes, and become hungry. It, change will then be found at the business end of the gun.

  3. GKBH  September 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Mr. Jadallah,
    Many of your suggestions are too general and need specificity, so, for starters let’s begin with resolving the society’s phenomena: JUDICIAL. Americans defend the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and are on the verge of revolting because of the ongoing chipping away of individual freedoms. However, Americans would probably support upending all laws post 1850 that the commie puke lying lawyers enacted. Anyone seeking to pervert the founding documents is promptly lynched by “citizens’ arrest.” No lawyers allowed in the Presidency and US Congress. All non-government organizations, lobbyists, hedge funds, Wall Street, and Federal Reserve banks will be shut down.

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