Who will guard the guards, indeed. Monday night, January 2, 2017, Republicans voted to gut the independent ethics panel. According to news outlets, the proposal would bar the panel from reviewing any violation of criminal law by members of Congress, requiring that it turn over complaints to the House Ethics Committee or to refer the matter to an appropriate federal law enforcement agency. Going further, however, this proposal would permit Congress to bury any investigation and not make the investigation open to public input.
Recall the creation of this independent, bi-partisan panel was ushered in after the wake of several lobbying scandals, which rocked the perception of Congress and caused multiple federal investigations, indictments and convictions. There is great good the public eye can do. Not every person is honest when no one else is looking. When the body of lawmakers has lobbyists lapping at its heals to throw money to influence decisions, governance by corporation/wealthy exists.
To the American people I say that only we have the right to vote under our Constitution. Only we citizens are entitled to the countenance of our legislators and it is to us that they owe their allegiance. It’s time they are reminded who put them there and who can remove them when their allegiance is misplaced. Keep your eye on the ball.