Douglas Champaigne: Above the law?

July 14, 2018


“Legislative Immunity?” Regarding the front-page story, “Under fire for lead foot,” in the Friday, July 13, , edition of the News-Herald, I am appalled and dismayed, once again, that elected officials are granted immunity from arrest. The concept that lawmakers “shall be privileged from arrest in all cases except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, and they shall not be subject to any civil process during the session of the legislation, nor for 15 days before the commencement of each session” is a perfect example that elected officials are in a protected class. The very people who are elected to make our laws conveniently create other laws, clauses, and Constitutional exemptions to exclude themselves from the very laws they pass.

My dismay is not only with Rep. Mosley, who, after reading this story, will not get my vote, but with the entire system that allows these things to occur. This doesn’t only happen at the state level, of course. The problem exists on a national level with the United States Congress. Laws, such as the Affordable Health Care, are passed by Congress, who exempt themselves from the provisions, while, continuing to enjoy their “Cadillac” health plan at the expense of taxpayers. They also have a provision tucked somewhere in a law or section of the Constitution that guarantees them a pay raise every year unless they vote against it. I can’t recall hearing about that happening during my lifetime. The “government of the people, by the people, and for people” is in dire peril of perishing from the earth. “Of the people?” It seems that it is now, mostly, of the rich people. “By the people?” Only because people keep electing them. “For the people?” No. For themselves.

Douglas Champaigne

Lake Havasu City

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