Thursday, July 27, 2017

John McCain Lays it Out

I had the opportunity to see some of Senator John McCain's speech to the Senate on Tuesday. 

Senator John McCain Addressing the Senate
July 25, 2017
He is an American hero.

There may be no one who better understands the construct of the American government, our Republic, than John McCain.

Senator McCain laid it all out in this part of his speech,

“We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess. We all know it, those who support Obamacare and those who oppose it. Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it.

He mentioned that the Senate had done nothing all year more than once.

He also has a great grasp on the concept of checks and balances--he was clear and unequivocal in his assessment of the unwelcome influence of the President on the Senate.

“We are an important check on the powers of the Executive. Our consent is necessary for the President to appoint jurists and powerful government officials and in many respects to conduct foreign policy. Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the President’s subordinates. We are his equal!

No truer words have been spoken. 

The Senate needs to exert leadership in the Congress for America.

I was impressed with Senator McCain's grasp on the true importance of the Senate and its check on the powers of the unruly presidency. 

“That principled mindset, and the service of our predecessors who possessed it, come to mind when I hear the Senate referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today.

I urge you to read the test of Senator McCain's speech and relive the greatness of what America was and yet should be.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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