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

Jed Handelsman Shugerman is a Professor at Fordham Law School. He received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. (History) from Yale. His book, The People’s Courts (Harvard 2012), traces the rise of judicial elections, judicial review, and the influence of money and parties in American courts. It is based on his dissertation that won the 2009 ASLH’s Cromwell Prize. He is co-author of amicus briefs on the history of presidential power, the Emoluments Clauses, the Appointments Clause, the First Amendment rights of elected judges, and the due process problems of elected judges in death penalty cases. He is currently working on two books on the history of executive power and prosecution in America. The first is tentatively titled “A Faithful President: The Founders v. the Unitary Executive,” questioning the textual and historical evidence for the theory of unchecked and unbalanced presidential power. This book draws on his articles “Vesting” (Stanford Law Review forthcoming 2022), “Removal of Context” (Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 2022), a co-authored “Faithful Execution and Article II” (Harvard Law Review 2019 with Andrew Kent and Ethan Leib), “The Indecisions of 1789” (forthcoming Penn. Law Review), and “The Creation of the Department of Justice,” (Stanford Law Review 2014). The second book project is “The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians: Race, War, and Mass Incarceration,” focusing on California Governor Earl Warren, his presidential running mate Thomas Dewey, the Kennedys, World War II and the Cold War, the war on crime, the growth of prosecutorial power, and its emergence as a stepping stone to electoral power for ambitious politicians in the mid-twentieth century.

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