Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Elizabeth Warren blasts GOP for gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics: “Who thinks we have too many rules requiring government to act ethically?”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, whom progressives hope will take the lead in opposing Donald Trump, took congressional Republicans to task using her Twitter account on Monday night for voting to undermine ethics reforms.

Warren’s first tweet is a reference to the numerous conflicts of interest that have emerged since Trump took office, as well as his infamous defense that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” Her second tweet referenced the unprecedented number of billionaires that have been appointed to Trump’s cabinet since his election, as well as the erratic rules that determine when they must disclose their financial backgrounds. Her final two tweets refer to the House Republicans’ decision on Monday to disempower the Office of Congressional Ethics, which will now be accountable to the House Ethics Committee (which is run by the Republicans) instead of remaining nonpartisan and independent.

Warren is perhaps best known for her pugnacious opposition to Wall Street corruption and her defense of workers rights. She has been an outspoken critic of Trump since the start of his presidential campaign and seems poised to emerge as one of his foremost Democratic opponents once he becomes president.

Original Article
Author: Matthew Rozsa

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