Christina Jeffrey on Gresham Barrett’s letter
By Christina Jeffrey
The removal of prisoners from military stockades at Guantanamo Bay to the United States is an issue for Americans at all levels. Ours is a system that relies on checks and balances. We the people can use elections, but that opportunity only comes every two years. Meanwhile, the State is supposed to check the Federal government. It is a distortion of our system of Government to say that South Carolina has no say in what the President does as long as we are at war. What a frightening idea!
It is part of the genius of our Founding Fathers that they built in so many different ways to check governmental power. Those who are refusing to sign Gresham Barrett’s letter because it is not appropriate are ignorant of our Constitution and our system of government.
While applauding Gresham’s effort to ensure that our next Governor is as serious about protecting South Carolina’s interests as the previous governor’s have been, this question should be raised about George Bush and the formerly Republican Congress and our congressional delegation which served in it. Congress has the power to check the federal courts but it never uses it.
When the Republicans were in the majority, why didn’t they use this power to keep the federal courts from transferring jurisdiction over terrorists from the military to our civil courts?
The answer seems to be that Congress, no matter if it is a Republican Congress or a Democrat Congress, doesn’t check anyone, not even itself, or maybe especially not itself. Fortunately those upon whose consent all government in America rests, that is, the people, are waking up to their duty and we will see some big changes in 2010.
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4th Congressional District