Politics and Policy:

  • NY Times: Congress convenes in New York to commemorate Sept. 11

    I think this is a very good move and is a historic moment in our nation’s history that our grandchildren will someday read about in history books. Here is a quote from the story that I think shows the significance of this…

      Congress came back to its roots in Lower Manhattan today, to commemorate the victims of the World Trade Center terror attacks and to pay tribute to the bravery of those who worked around the clock in rescue and recovery efforts.

      About 300 lawmakers began arriving in the city this morning for a one-day joint session in Federal Hall after a three-hour trip from Washington aboard two Amtrak trains. Vice President Dick Cheney presided at Federal Hall. . .

      The last time Congress met in New York was in 1789-90, passing key legislation and watching George Washington take the oath of office as president on April 30, 1789.

      Members approved the Bill of Rights, rejected royal titles and approved pensions for Revolutionary War veterans. They also dealt with import tariffs and created the State, War and Treasury departments.

      Legislators held their final session in New York, then the nation’s capital, on Aug. 12, 1790. For the next decade they met in Philadelphia, until a new capital was built in what became Washington.

    All of the bad stuff aside (deceit and lies by the current administration, big money/corporate corruption of Congress, etc.), this historic meeting of Congress reminds us all of our roots, of those early days when Congress decided to limit it’s own powers by enacting the Bill of Rights.

    I hope our current government (all three branches: exec, judicial, and legislative) would remember the courage of our founding fathers to protect freedom during difficult times (remember they had just won their independence a few years before). Given our current state of paranoia and oppression, the lesson seems very timely.

    Post edited September 6, 2002 @ 2:02 p.m.