- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Has Congress so lost its role in our republic that it is no longer relevant or necessary?

One would expect that when Congress passes laws they that those laws be implemented and enforced. Laws like Voter Intimidation, Military Voting Rights and yes Immigration.

The recent battle between the State of Arizona and the Federal Government has demonstrated that it is the Justice Department or the Administration that decides which laws will or will not be implemented or enforced. The New Black Panther voter intimidation cases as well as the Justice Department encouraging States to obtain waivers to avoid complying with the rights of Military voters are other examples. Who know what other laws and statues the Administration and Justice Department have decided to ignore.

We can understand that the Administration would have some discretion in allocating resources to faithfully execute laws enacted by Congress pursuant to the Constitution (Powers allocated to Congress: “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” It seems however that the executive branch has usurped the roll of Congress and now decides through the so called Justice Department which laws will be enforced and which will not.

Go home Congress. You are superfluous, the Administration and the Justice Department can and are writing their own laws you just get in the way.

ROBERT A. POGGI

Alexandria, Va.