Updated: November 23, 2013 6:35AM
The members of Congress were elected by the people. Based on our Constitution, we have a fundamental right to representation by the people we elect.
It doesn’t matter who started it or how long it has been going on, the practice of not allowing legislation to be voted on by the full House is a blatant disregard of our basic constitutional rights to representation.
Why has this matter not been brought before, or addressed by, the U.S. Supreme Court? They are supposed to be the defenders of our Constitution.
New law should go further
Illinois has a new law that prohibits drivers from talking on cellphones unless they’re doing so hands-free, designed to improve safety on the roads. This law will reduce traffic accidents and deaths resulting from such distracted driving.
But what about all the other accidents caused by people failing to pay attention to their driving for reasons other than talking on the phone?
I have seen women drivers putting on makeup, men tieing their ties or even shaving, and drivers of both genders eating, drinking, looking away to talk to a passenger or get something from the glove box or another seat. Such behavior probably causes twice as many accidents as do talking or texting on a phone.
Rather than a law banning talking on a phone while driving, we need one that requires drivers to keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times, except when changing gears or something else essential to safe driving.
Think of how many accidents such a law would eliminate.