What is Congressional Oversight? The Democrats in Congress claim they have Congressional oversight powers and authority to make sure all other branches of Government behave themselves and obey the Constitution and the laws of this land. Democrat representative Jerrold Nadler is claiming he has authority to investigate President Donald Trump for virtually anything he chooses to make sure Trump is a legitimately elected and qualified President. Nadler claims he has the sole power and authority to investigate anything and EVERYthing concerning Trump's past, including ALL his business and financial dealings for the past twenty years.
While it may be true that Congress does have the power and authority of Congressional Oversight over the rest of our federal Government, it is also true that Nadler and the current Democrat lead Congress is now over stepping that authority. In claiming Congressional Oversight authority the Democrats are now abusing that authority by constantly attacking and constantly investigating President Trump without any evidence that Trump or any one in his family have committed any crimes. They have no evidence to prove anything against any one, and so they continue investigating in search of a crime. The “Crime” Donald Trump has committed as far as these people are concerned was getting elected as President. To them Trump being elected is an impeachable crime.
They are now over stepping and abusing their power and authority.
So the question now becomes, Who has power and authority to regulate and control Congress?
Who has the power and authority to manage and an out-of-control Federal Government?
The answer lays in the Constitution itself. It is part of the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,”,,,,,
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
“it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government,”
Now most Americans take these lines to say and to mean that if and when our federal Government becomes abusive that We-The-People have the right and the DUTY to throw off such government, which appears to be precisely what it says, but that does not necessarily have to be the case. We do not have to throw off and alter our entire government in order to correct abuses of power and authority. But We-The-People DO have the power and authority to govern and to regulate and to control how Congress and all other branches of Government use or abuse those powers granted to them by the people.
Representatives in Congress will try to tell you that if you don't like what they are doing then wait until the next elections and try to vote them out of office, but until then they will continue their abuses of office unabated and unobstructed. In other words “Shut up, we will do as we damn well please and you have nothing to say about it.”
And THAT kind of attitude toward the people by the representatives in Congress is perhaps the biggest abuse of power and authority of them all.
There is nothing in the Constitution, in the Declaration of Independence, or in any laws of the United States of America that say We-The-People have no rights to regulate and to control abuses committed by our own Federal Government. Congress may well have some authority of oversight over the rest of the Government, but We-The-People have power and authority over Congress, WE have oversight power and authority over Congress. And we do NOT have to wait until the next elections to exercise that authority.
There is likewise nothing in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence that mandates that if and when the people decide it is time to exercise the people's authority to regulate Congress that we must or should throw off our entire Government. We can regulate and control Congress (or any other branch of Government) without overthrowing and destroying the entire system.
So what is Congressional oversight authority?
This means that Congress has the right and the authority to see to it that all other branches of our Government obey and adhere to the Constitution. But they also have the responsibility to see to it that the members of Congress itself must also obey the Constitution and that they do NOT allow or permit abuses or over reach of those powers and authority. Congress is expected to regulate, limit, and control themselves.
When Congress fails to uphold those duties and responsibilities then it is the right and the duty of the people to correct such abuses.
We The People have oversight over Congress. And it is our right and our duty to exercise that authority.