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Letter: Congress must act, not stall

1:26 PM, Jul. 3, 2013  |  Comments
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The energetic and decisive way the President has taken charge of his office imparts his own self-confidence to the country. But one of the great hopes invested in him may, we fear, be disappointed through no fault of his own. This is the hope that he can exert more influence over congress than did his predecessor, whose legislative proposals were all but hopelessly stalled. Congress sat longer than any peacetime congress in memory while accomplishing practically nothing. It was feebly led, wedded to its own lethargy and impervious to criticism. It could not even pass routine appropriations bills. It was a scandal of drift and inefficiency.

The scandal of the Congress is not its conservatism but its evasiveness, its refusal to vote yes or no on issues of central importance. The public is in a mood to be galvanized but Congress is not. Not even the President can pass miracles. The fault and the remedy lie with Congress itself."

Want to know when this was written? The Dec. 13, 1963, issue of LIFE magazine. In order to jolt the stalled 1963 Congress, John F. Kennedy had to die, and Lyndon B. Johnson then pushed his agenda like hell. And he prevailed.

Congress 2013 is Congress 1963 on steroids. This is the REAL scandal. Last week the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Justices handed the gun over to Congress so the murder weapon didn't have their blood on it. This is a clarion call for us as citizens to contact our legislators and demand voting rights for all races, all ages, all economic groups. Not to fight another 100 years to get them back.

Ideally, an amendment will be created to mandate voting for all citizens of this United States of America. Please get in the game, it's the only country we've got.

Jody Hurrish

Stevens Point

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