Letters to the Editor

Letter: Both parties responsible for government shutdown

To the Editor:

The word “civics” is a noun and defined as “the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.” Yes, as a U.S. citizen, you need to know your civics today.

You should understand that the Republican party does not control our government today, but, in reality, it’s the Senate that operates under a self-imposed filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to act. It means that senators representing 11 percent of the national population can veto laws supported by senators representing 89 percent of the population, as of April 24, 2013. It means that legislation (or a bill) cannot be enacted unless 60 senators agree that the Senate can vote to pass the bill by a majority of the senators voting. If everyone is present today, it takes 51 votes or 50 votes if the vice president votes to break the tie.

Therefore, don’t believe the news media that loudly reports the Republicans are responsible for the three branches of government: Executive, House and Senate. What’s true is the government really is depended on the actions of our Senate with the Republicans having only 51 senators and Democrats having 49 senators.

Any government shutdown is owned by both parties, but today in the hands of Democrats because of the Senate 60-vote rule abuse of democracy. Just remember, when the media news reports of a Republican shutdown, it’s really fake news.

Robert Meale

Crystal Lake

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.