The Question Re Congressional Oversight and Getting It Right

In January the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives. At this moment it appears that Nancy Pelosi will pick up the gavel of leadership as she takes the position of Speaker of the House..

The country is currently caught in the throes of a constitutional identity crisis, the magnitude and severity of which may take years or decades to accurately discern and effectively address.

This crisis has been precipitated by the threats to Democracy and the cardinal principle of the Rule of Law that are extant in the behaviors and utterances of the current occupant of the White House.

We are at a crossroads, not an impasse.

However, the choices and decisions made by the incoming leadership in the House of Representatives may well determine the fate of the American experiment in democratic self-government for the foreseeable future and generations to come.

"Although the U.S. Constitution grants no formal, express authority to oversee or investigate the executive or program administration, oversight is implied in Congress’s array of enumerated powers." ------Wikipedia

This is the crux of the checks and balances envisioned by the framers of the Constitution.

In my view, there are two primary spheres in which Congress can and must exercise the implied powers of oversight of the Executive Branch:

1) Matters of a legal and/or ethical nature and concern ie wrongdoing of one kind or another;

2) Matters involving executive, administrative, and managerial effectiveness and competence, which may include budgetary issues and concerns.

In 2020 the Democrats must wrest control of the Executive Branch from the megalomaniacal narcissistic fascist imbecile and pathological liar who, through a masterwork of demagoguery and fraud, occupies the Oval Office.

Aside from selecting charismatic and creative candidates, their narratives must resonate with the general electorate as sincere and inspirational as well as substantive and meaningful.

What the Democrats do, as they take control of the House of Representatives, should be a manifestation of the narratives that should be the foundations of the campaign themes and platforms that they will run on in the next election cycle.

So here's the question:

In exercising the implied powers of legislative oversight, should the Democrats' focus on matters involving executive wrongdoing, or matters on involving administrative competence or the lack thereof? 

The stakes are much too high for the Democrats to fail to "get it right".

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Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 4:36pm

The Dems are definitely between a rock and a hard place, though they are in nowhere near as difficult place as the Perpsident himself. tRump has only two years left in office – and zero chance of getting re-elected, and I suspect it would take nearly that long to go through the process of impeachment/removal, assuming the latter was even possible given the cowardly, venal Senate Reptiles. But regardless, whether impeachment/removal or indictment/conviction, I for one would like to see the process carried all the way, so that hopefully, once and for all, we can establish the precedent that no man, even the President, is above the law.


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