- - Sunday, January 20, 2019

State of the union? Nancy Pelosi personifies the answer to that question. It’s become crystal clear that draining the swamp is never going to happen. The career politicians know how to manipulate the process for lifetime appointments.

First, let’s just get to the basics without any finger pointing. You take an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. You are a member of the legislative branch of government. You have a mission to protect and defend this nation and its citizens. It’s not a choice and you don’t get to decide which laws you like and which you don’t.

Members of the House have an obligation of loyalty first and then to prioritize the chain of command. Citizen, house, God, country — that’s all they need to know and if they can’t respect this simple code then they aren’t competent to represent us. Representatives who fly off the reservation should be subject to immediate expulsion, and given no mercy and no second chances.

This is about respect, obligation and conduct. Those who can’t respect the code should answer to a tribunal and we’re not talking a jury of their peers.

STEPHEN MOUNGELIS



Mt. Airy, Md.

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