Anthony Weiner, a Democrat Congressman from New York, put it simply and nicely. “The Republicans are our opposition. The Senate is our enemy.” As President Obama’s 1st year goes down as one of the least productive in history by any administration, the finger pointing is heating up. During his State of the Union address, Obama praised the House for passing his agenda and encourages the Senate to do likewise. One congressman turned to the seated senators and shouted, “Do something!”

Given the majorities in both wings of Capitol Hill, Obama should have been able to count on his Democrat Party to easily pass anything he proposed. But that didn’t happen. Largely ignoring the Tea Partiers and Town Hall critics, Democrats pushed forward. The push-back did not come from the Republicans, who were powerless to act, but from within their own party.

The ultra-Left Progressives butted heads with the so-called “Blue-Dog” Democrats instead. Though largely outnumbered, the Blue Dogs resisted, since many were elected in ‘red’ states and districts which both Bush and McCain won. A few actually had some moral convictions as well, be it abortion or concerns about budget deficits. The end result has been many compromises within the Democrats’ legislation as well as the infamous back-door deals, such as the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ and the ‘Corn-husker Bribe”.

Without a strong, engaged leader in the White House, Congressional Democrats have had the run of the show. Nancy Pelosi has even said that she doesn’t care if health care costs the Democrats 25 seats in this November’s mid-term elections. She’s cracking the whip on her caucuses to stay in line. Over at the Senate, Majority Leader Harry “Punchy” Reid has been far less effective. Some are now calling for changes in Senate rules to compensate for the loss of the Democrats’ super-majority.

The Founding Fathers, in particular James Madison, were wary of centralized power. That is why we have a separations of power. That is why the Senate was originally created to seat it’s members by way of appointment from state legislators. The Senate is intended to be a roadblock, to slow down the pace and power of Washington, DC.

This is something which often is not taught or forgotten. Our Constitution was designed to make change slow and difficult. It’s purpose was to limit the authority of the Federal government. But the Progressives hate this. They want to be able to exercise power quickly and add to it’s scope and range. Perhaps the members of Congress who are calling for the Senate to change ought to read a little history?