The GOP’s dereliction of duty
The definition of dereliction of duty is the shameful failure to fulfill one’s obligation.
Since the election of Donald Trump, the GOP has been guilty of dereliction of duty. The Constitution of the United States spells out the responsibilities of Congress.
The main duties of Congress are:
• collect taxes
• regulate commerce
• establish laws regulating affairs of the nation
• coin money
• declare war and the right to initiate impeachment
The Senate, in addition to its legislative duties has an obligation to be a check and balance to other branches of our government. For example, before the president can put people in certain positions, such as cabinet post, Supreme Court justices or ambassadors, they must be approved by the Senate. The Senate must also approve treaties that may be made with foreign governments.
Congress has been guilty of not living up to its obligation of checks and balances. The current president has tested their resolve even before taking office. Most individuals elected president feel an obligation to show their tax returns while running for office and certainly before the oath is taken. Trump, prior to winning the nomination, implied to his party that the returns would be shown. He did not do so and since being in office, has yet to do so. He has failed to relinquish control of his business. The Senate failed to demand he do so.
The GOP Senate has the responsibility and obligation to approve nominees to the Supreme Court in a timely manner. Former president Barack Obama’s nominee sat for over a year without any action being taken. They failed in their duty to hold hearings to approve or not approve.
Congress has the responsibility to approve qualified nominees for positions recommended by the president. Trump has nominated individuals not qualified for positions they were nominated for. Examples are: Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, Jeff Sessions, attorney general, Sonny Perdue, secretary of agriculture, Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, Alex Acosta, secretary of labor, Ben Carson, secretary of HUD, Rick Perry, secretary of energy and Betsy DeVos, secretary of education to name a few.
Even though members of the Senate knew the nominees were unqualified, they were approved anyway. Dereliction of duty.
Congress has the obligation and responsibility of approving treaties and agreements. Our country has been a country that could be counted on and trusted in making and keeping fair agreements backed by the full faith and credibility of the U.S. government.
Since in office, Trump has indicated that he is going to ‘tear up’ the NAFTA treaty which has been beneficial to the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The treaty eliminated tariffs and duties between these countries, created the largest free trade area of 450 million people and created an economic engine of $20 trillion. In addition, he has withdrawn from the Paris Accords, is considering withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. This action by the leader of our country has shown other countries that our credibility and our word can no longer be trusted.
The GOP Congress, by allowing our credibility to be destroyed, is guilty of dereliction of duty.
The House of Representatives has the authority to impeach the president, vice president and all civil officers from office for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. This covers allegations of misconduct, perjury, abuse of authority, intimidation, misuse of assets and actions unbecoming of a president. This president has lowered the integrity of the office with his derogatory comments, name calling, use of his office for profit from his properties and so on.
Where are the checks and balances from the members of Congress that our country was founded on? The answer: They are non-existent. In other words, our Congress is guilty of dereliction of duty. The punishment for the crime should be “discharged from their office.”

Gary Clark