by Robert John Stevens, May 19, 2016
Will somebody please introduce a bill to prosecute Congressmen who don’t read and debate new bills before casting their votes?—Not censure, nor impeach but prosecute.
When passed, such a bill would significantly reduce the size of government and may even limit it to the U.S. Constitution and a set of basic principles that school children could recite.
Reasonable-sized bills can be read on the House or Senator floor before debate. Those in attendance cannot be accused of not reading a bill.
A government of laws and ordinances will grow until it self destructs. Only a government of principles can endure.
In your article, Donald Trump: An Evaluation — Paul Craig Roberts you’re right and insightful to point out that Trump’s advisors will surely influence his stance and decisions. Now that you wrote it, hopefully he’ll correct his path.
We live though in a country where few people strive to understand correct precepts and principles. As you well know, attempts to discover them require criss-crossing through landmines of untruths. I believe though that correct precepts and principles are built into us and when we re-connect to them we bask in “ah ha moments.”
Even the word precept has been corrupted. Look at its meaning in 1828, “In a general sense, any commandment or order intended as an authoritative rule of action; but applied particularly to commands respecting moral conduct. The ten commandments are so many precepts for the regulation of our moral conduct.”
By the way, the spelling of these two words need to be corrected in your article: