GOP in House committing punishable, treasonous acts

October 3, 2013 

Our Constitution sets up the framework upon which our government is supposed to operate. If the people do not like a law, they must pass a new law in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and have it signed by the President.

If anyone believes that they have better ideas on how to run our government; they must take their ideas to the people, get elected, and pass new laws. So far, I have not heard of any "better ideas" from Republicans. They merely obstruct our government from doing its job and force their obstructionism upon the rest of us through extortion.

Take the Affordable Health Care Act. It was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and even judged constitutional by the Supreme Court. Article VI of our Constitution says that "Senators and Representatives…shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution." I therefore believe that the Republican attempt to circumvent these methods and procedures laid out in the Constitution is treasonous.

Amendment XIV, Section 4 of the Constitution states, "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…shall not be questioned." This was originally passed shortly after the Civil War, ensuring that the Southern states could not prevent Congress from paying off our war debt. But it applies equally well today to those Republicans who wish to obstruct our government from doing its job and extort the President on whatever issue they cannot pass through Congress. I therefore believe that for Republicans to refuse to raise the debt ceiling to pay the public debt is also treasonous.

These are not examples of two sides unable to agree on legislation. One party, the Republican Party, is trying to circumvent the system to get their way. And they should be punished for it.

James Frazier

Bradenton

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