Essay: In Defense of Congress

The U.S. Congress celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, and scolds say the old fool is aging disgracefully. It has declined, they say, from a serious, democratically elected legislative body into a self-perpetuating oligarchy engaged in a mad power grab against the Executive Branch, perverting the Constitution and paralyzing the U.S. Government. The Senate's rejection of John Tower as Defense Secretary and the deal forcing President Bush to give up all hope of military aid to the Nicaraguan contras are just the two latest examples. Other supposed mileposts on the road to megalomania: the 1973 War Powers Resolution, the Ethics in...

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