Please don't accuse me of trying to give a civics lesson because I'm not qualified, but this much I do know.
There are three branches of our federal government, the executive, which is the President, the legislative, which is Congress, including the House of Representatives and the Senate and the judicial, which is the Supreme Court.
It's Congress' job to craft legislation and pass it on to the President who can sign it or veto it. If he vetoes it, it goes back to Congress where a majority vote can override the President's veto.
The Supreme Court is supposed to come into play when there is a question on how something relates to the Constitution, and only then.
But first and foremost, it is the job of all three branches to reflect the wishes of "We the People" and protect the rights of the individual. That's what the Constitution is all about.
The judicial branch was never meant to be able to legislate, only to interpret the Constitution as it applies to the law of the land. Unless an amendment is passed and signed into law, the Supreme Court is supposed to interpret the Constitution as it is written, not as they wish it was written.
I feel that the will of the people is being usurped by nine people in black robes who are not even subject to the vote of the American electorate, men and women who are appointed for life and cannot be removed by anything less than impeachment.
The farther removed you get from the people the laws affect, the more isolated and elite all three branches of the government gets, until it becomes a power unto itself, neither representing nor particularly caring about the opinions of the people they supposedly represent, but the interests of their accursed political parties.
The federal government is too far removed from everyday contact with the people. They don't know what's going on in the street and have no first hand knowledge of what's happening in America.
We need a strong federal government to protect our country from foreign invaders, to maintain national law enforcement, to build our interstate highways and all the many other things which can only be handled by a central authority.
There definitely needs to be federal law about discrimination, uniformity of business practices, prosecution of interstate crimes and the like.
But the problem with Washington is that it has become a monolithic juggernaut of self-serving, outdated, self-inflated men and women, who lack the morality and the courage to stand against the crowd when the crowd is wrong.
Self-preservation has become the norm in D.C. and political partisanship, right or wrong, has become the coin of the realm.
In my humble opinion, the lion's share of domestic political decisions would be better served if left to the individual states. Issues like gay marriage, abortion on demand, the death penalty and many more issues would more perfectly reflect the opinions of the people than anything the Congress could pass.
Why do I say that? For two reasons.
One, due to the outright refusal of the people in power to deal with term limits, we can only vote for two senators and whatever our allowance of representatives is. We have no control over the others who, through earmarks and secret pork barrel amendments manage to send enough public money back to their states to buy their votes, while being a downright sorry Congressman or Senator when it comes to the rest of the country.
The second is that whoever is in the White House has the authority to name judges to the federal bench and will pick the judicial candidates, with the Senate's approval, who subscribe to their ideology, whether liberal or conservative. Which means if you can't get something through both houses of Congress and the President, you get it made into law by the Supreme Court. This is dangerous and puts the power of the other two branches of government into the hands of nine people
For America to ever have a true representative government, I believe it has to begin on the local level, where we are more acquainted with the candidates and more apt to hold them accountable.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops
God Bless America
July 18, 2008