Whether Trump will like it or not, he will be held accountable for what is expected of him not later than Year 2019
Donald Trump was one never-elected official until he acquired the 45th presidency through the machinery of the electoral vote in mid-November 2016; he lost the popular vote by
at least three (3) million.
As soon as he took over the post he campaigned for, Trump filed his papers for re-election in 2020, an act that spoke for itself.
It is Year 2019. It is also fitting that Trump will be held to account for all-significant phases of his administration. He won’t do a solo job of it. He will, in all likelihood, join his appointees without question. Everyone serving in their role is bound to be facing serious congressional oversight.
This nation is fortunate that the scrutiny on the current administration will zero in on vital checks and balances for the remainder of what leading political analysts have dubbed the Trump-led machinery: “That disastrous presidency.”
It is still the vastly great fortune of the people of the United States that the mid-term elections of November 2018, swept Trump’s Republican allies out of the House’s major posts/chairmanships they had co-opted in the service of what has been accurately named by leaders from both sides of “the aisle,” they, who still have kept their love for democracy alive.
Despite the past two-year presidency’s highly discouraging record, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to go along with the new Democratic-controlled house that did not
hesitate to send the right policy signals by approving bills to raise wages, expand access to health care and education, and address the “existential crises of inequality and climate change.”
Even if Trump threatens to veto the aforementioned bills, the most urgent pressure will come from the people themselves, the very same voices insistent on what should ensue.
The majority of the American people will insist that their voices will be heard. The mid-term elections, it is hoped, will continue to serve and inspire the voting populace to action.
What deserves urgent attention and pressure that the citizenry can insist on, involves the revitalization of the oversight infrastructure that crumbled sadly during the brief tenure
of Paul Ryan, the outgoing Speaker.
Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan deplored what happened during the two-year Ryan speakership.
“The saddest part of the last two years was that Ryan completely gave up our responsibility, for oversight in the House,” was Pocan’s description of the past two years.
Representative Elijah Cummings, who has just taken control of he powerful House Oversight Committee, was widely welcomed and was described as “exactly right,” when he
firmly stated: “Voters made clear they wanted transparency, integrity, honesty, but they wanted something else: accountability,”
Pocan continued to describe what still awaits the Caucus’ responsibility: “Now we’ve got a lot of pent-up work that has to happen. But we can do that at the same time that we’re
passing legislations and putting ideas forward. And it is not just the Judiciary Reform Committee, the ones that are traditionally seen as the committees that do this, that will be stepping up.”
What is highly anticipated by the American people is how Trump’s ablest critics will now be positioned to issue subpoenas, demanding the release of tax returns and other meaningful records, to compel key figures to face questioning, and eventually, an exposure of “failed policies and egregious conflicts of interest not just in the White House, but elsewhere,
in the executive branch, i.e., the departments of Defense, Labor, and Health and Human Services.”
Interestingly, Representative Barbara Lee was able to “secure support” in the last Congress for rescinding the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which has been used by
three successive presidents to “justify military adventurism.” But it was the outgoing speaker who blocked her move.
Likewise, another Ryan move blocked a partisan push by Representative Ro Khanna to “end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s brutal assault on Yemen.”
With the departure of Ryan, the House should, by coordinated effort, insist that it will signal how it will no longer cede authority over decisions concerning war and peace to the
White House. Reportedly, there are groups that have long sought to rein in U.S. militarism, i.e., Peace Action and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The named organizations
have been identfied as now “having an opening to achieve dramatic policy shifts; Americans who are rightly fearful of POTUS’ impulsive nature should recognize that this is essential activism
based on accountability, and a saner foreign policy,” that have been lain aside, triggered by the Trump’s questionable position on so many all-important phases of government.
Therefore, in view of what involves the “ultimate accountability,” of whether Trump’s presidency should continue, will take the role of unparalleled significance in government.
Some House leaders have been most vocal in expressing their belief that the “damage this administration has done to civil society and to vulnerable communities is already so
severe.” One of the most vocal among the newly-elected House members is RashidaTlaib who said: “Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.”‘
Of course, it will fall to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerold Nadler to “strike the appropriate balance.”
This space’s columnist, along with numbers of her fellow Americans, look forward to a new resurgence of energy and leadership from the newly-constructed House which is expected to live up to the expectations of the population who worked for the restoration of the legislative department through the vital power of the ballot.
The new Congress must be aggressive in responding to the demand of the voters, inspired by the U.S. Constitution itself, for the fullest possible renewal of the most-awaited
“checks and balances.”