Congress disregards the people


As an English-born immigrant of some 30-plus years, I still struggle to understand the American political process.

It was my understanding that last November the American people clearly expressed their support for President Obama and their desire for him to enact his party’s platform.

It was my further understanding that, if after four years the president’s policies proved unsuccessful or unpopular, the electorate will elect a different president or party.

But, as is reported daily, this constitutionally elected president is being thwarted and defied at every turn. It is as though the people had never spoken.

This is not a legitimate expression of democracy; this is a blatant and insulting disregard of the people’s will.

How can we demand the expression of the “people’s voice” in Syria, Libya and Egypt when we cannot manage it at home?

Patrick Alexander, Coral Gables

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