- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
We need new blood in Congress
Over the last few years, the start of school meant preparing to teach at West Point. I taught the Constitution, which I swore to support and defend in my 11 years in the U.S. Army. My cadets knew I was a tough grader.
I'd give congressional incumbents an F in defending the Constitution. Our Founders feared a king, so they made Congress strong to keep the power with the people. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have given the president too much power. Not one line of the Constitution talks about party checking party. For we face not a party problem, but a problem of congressional incumbents too focused on re-election. If elected, I'll restore the power the Constitution grants to Congress and check the president.
Our Founders feared the influence of money and power in Congress. They didn't want the British House of Lords, where seats were held permanently and passed between family members. They wanted true citizen legislators and government of, by and for the people, not career politicians like Jo Ann Emerson and government of, by and for the lobby.
Today's Congress is the oldest and longest-serving Congress in the history of the republic. It is past time for term limits, but before those can be enacted, let's give Congress an F and elect new blood to restore our Constitution.
TOMMY SOWERS, 614 N. Pine St., Suite 202, Rolla, MO 65401