Dear Congress,

Do you remember that you swore an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States? Do you recall that you are an elected official, who serves the people? And further, that the founding fathers put into place three separate but equal branches of government, in part to provide checks and balances, so that no one branch of government could completely dominate and thus circumvent the will of the people?  This was clearly stated by James Madison in the Federalist #51:

TO WHAT expedient, then, shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the Constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places.”

In addition, Madison declared:

“But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.”

So, it is unambiguous – the founding fathers believed that the mission of congress is to act separately from the executive branch. Clearly, they did not foresee the game that government has become. They did not predict that a two party system’s desire for one party’s power over the other would supercede the needs of the people. As careful as the founding fathers were to prevent “abuses of government” that is exactly what has occurred,  and both houses of congress are to blame.

Due to congress’s obsession with power and the dominance of one political party over the other, our two-party system has failed. You have acted like elementary school children, who continue to argue even when it is evident that your argument is without merit,  and in so doing, you have allowed a small-minded, bigoted would-be despot, with no understanding of our government, the law, or the history of our country to come into power. You have forgotten that this country was formed on the premise that thinking men could forego their need to dominate and could compromise, and because of this you discontinued acting in the best interests of the people.

Shame on you, men and women of congress, for your failure to put aside your personal need for supremacy. Shame on you for your failure to understand the needs of the people you represent and your inability to extend a hand across the aisle in order to strike a balance for the good of our nation. Shame on you for not heeding the words of one of the wisest of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who said,

When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint. In like manner here, both sides must part with some of their demands.”

It now appears that our country has elected a  president borne out of the anger and frustration of a people who believed that someone who was not a Washington-insider, and who was not afraid to disagree with the party line, would make things work. That is your fault, congress. You refused to face your responsibility to work together. Your desire to ensure that your party had the last or only say has put this country in an untenable position.

However,  we are now well beyond the point where assigning blame is useful. Now is the time to do the job you were elected to do. We have elected you to uphold the constitution of these United States, not to maintain power for one party over another. At this point, we have a narcissistic dictator in power, who calls himself a Republican.

Congress, it is your move – both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans, quit supporting this sham of a president, who has, in his first week in office, done more damage than even the most skeptical among us imagined. Stand up to him when he proposes a ridiculous border wall that will cost the taxpayer inordinate sums of money, and unleash a Pandora’s box full of hateful, discriminatory demons. Oppose him as he puts a match to our constitution by declaring immigrants of specific countries and religions to be unwelcome in a country that was founded by immigrants. Actively resist him as he takes a bulldozer to our rights for information by preventing us from obtaining scientific knowledge. Speak against him when he deliberately and willfully prevaricates to the American public about voter fraud.

Stand against this frightening, UNAmerican tyrant, Congress.  To remain silent is to bring shame to your position and our country.