Conservative Members of Congress Should Resign En Masse and Transfer to Other Legislatures

Congress is a failed institution. Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have resigned, Schumer should be on administrative leave, and Diversity Director Lynne Cheney should be unemployed. Alas, Pelosi is clinging to the remaining months of her tenure. And Josh Blackman issued a not-too-reasonable Reason blogpost on “sharing of private thoughts that haven’t been fully reasoned.” In other words, “why so serious?” (I hope the Joker …and Pink… are not triggering).

At this point, there is only one way to make Congress suffer: deny it the prestige it so desperately seeks. Specifically, Republican members of Congress should resign en masse and move abroad and run for office there, to ensure that other global legislatures can take credit for their legislative genius. As a plus, GOP representatives who transfer out of America may actually learn something about the law and humanity -a useful skill for any human.

I’ve had the honor of meeting some Republicans. They are under siege on a daily basis. They should shrug, and get out of America. I’m sure Vladimir Putin would welcome the entire Republican caucus.

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

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