- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
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