, Newburyport, MA


January 31, 2014

Obama issues challenge to Congress


There’s been only a glimmer of hope for change, but change there must be because a Disunited States of America cannot put up much longer with political stalemate.

The president has an ambitious list of proposals for congressional approval.

Challenging Congress to accept them would not appear to be a productive strategy. Working both sides of their aisles to find common ground would.

Individual members of Congress facing re-election have to face consequences of their actions at home as they do with the never-ending partisan realities of Washington.

It is, after all, a representative government of its people, by its people, for its people, designed to take into consideration their needs and to resolve differences for the common good.

Nowhere is it written that there won’t be prices to be paid.

Obama’s speech didn’t threaten, but it straightforwardly let his intention be known to all. He knows what he wants to do, he intends to do everything possible to see it done, and he wants to work with both parties.

Where that fails he doesn’t intend to quit, and if that means assuming questionably unconstitutional powers, he’ll do what he can and let the chips fall where they lay.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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