Chasing Shiny Things
If you think Presidents lead the nation and can right our wrongs, then you don’t understand your country.
America has three branches of government: The Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial branch. Each of these branches has certain powers, and each of these powers is limited, or checked, by another branch.
Our three branches of government are defined in our Constitution: The Legislative, composed of the House and Senate, is set up in Article 1. The Executive, composed of the President, Vice-President, and the Departments, is set up in Article 2. The Judicial branch, composed of the federal courts and the Supreme Court, is set up in Article 3.
Our Constitution gives Presidents the power to command the armed forces and almost exclusive power over foreign policy (though the Senate has to ratify any treaty and the Congress always has the power of the purse to influence foreign policy). The President also nominates judges and justices and maintains the cabinet, but these powers do not, in and of themselves, seem very powerful.
Article 1 Section 2 defines the powers of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Congress can set taxes, can raise armies, declare war, suspend habeas corpus, impeach the President or judges, and can set laws touching the lives of every person in the nation.
Article 1 Section 3 defines the powers of the Judiciary.
Our Constitution carries in it a huge assumption:
That assumption is that the three branches would want to work together for the good of our country.
That is not America’s assumption today. Today, one branch of America, Congress, has decided to usurp the American idea for political partisanship. They will not even discuss doing their job of vetting a potential Supreme Court Justice until after the current election, more than 8 months away.
As a general plan against us all, Congress has obstructed America’s business almost 1000 times in the last decade. The favorite tool of obstruction, the filibuster.
So, who yields the real power in America? Not the President. Presidents can’t shut down our Country on a whim. Presidents can’t redistribute our wealth to friends and they can’t tax us into submission. Only Congress can, will, and is destroying America. With our help, of course.
Almost 80% of congress is up for election this year. If we counted on social media to tell us about ourselves, we wouldn’t think that. We would think this government revolves around one person, a President.
Well America, presidents are only the shiny objects dangled in front of us to distract us from the real crimes of Congress. All members of this Congress will be reelected by more than a 90% ratio. When that happens, their first and only real job, beside stealing our country out from under us, is to find that next shiny object to dangle in front of the “great unwashed”.
Well done America.