The constitution was designed with liberty by the people, for the people in mind. The constitutional republic system of checks and balances between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of the Federal government were created with the idea that the people of this nation would be heavily educated in the system and involved. By having a system written out clearly in the Constitution for government to follow, the forefathers would be ashamed of the current path of the fed and the lack of respect to Bill of Rights. |
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”. (“Transcript of,”) The ideal presented in the preamble of the Constitution is the only proper way to introduce an analysis of the founding document of the United States. The constitution was designed with liberty by the people, for the people in mind.
The constitutional republic system of checks and balances between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of the Federal government were created with the idea that the people of this nation would be heavily educated in the system and involved. By having a system written out clearly in the Constitution for government to follow, the forefathers would be ashamed of the current path of the fed and the lack of respect to Bill of Rights. The three Branches of government are Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. These branches receive their power from the Constitution.
Firstly, we have the Legislative Branch which consists of the Senate and House of Representatives. (“Transcript of,”) The functions of the legislative branch are to make laws. They also determine the number of Supreme Court judges, and the Legislative branch is given power to establish post offices, to regulate commerce between the states, to declare war, and to collect taxes. The main purpose of the legislative branch is to pass laws that may be needed for the benefit of the nation. In order for it to become law it has to become agreed upon in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
This task has been demonstrated in the class room and the main ideas of the Gun Enforcement Act that was discussed in the classroom gave colleagues and I, the opportunity to see the process of each branch of the Federal government unfold. Secondly, the Executive branch is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land. (“Transcript of,”) The President has the power to negotiate and sign treaties. In Article II, Section 2, it demonstrates the exact power invested into the branch by the Constitution which are veto congressional legislation and the President is the Commander and Chief of the Army & Navy of the United States.
(“Transcript of,”) The main purpose of the Executive Branch is so that they enforce all approved bills and policies. In class, we have had demonstrations of the role that the Executive branch plays in government. We had the demonstration of the president vetoing the law that was passed on by the House and Senate. In this demonstration, one of the main talking points was the checks and balances of veto power that lies between the legislative branch and the executive branch.
Lastly, The Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court; Courts of Appeal; District courts. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. (“Transcripts of,”) The Court consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U. S. Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they resign or retire, or are impeached. The Supreme Court usually handles cases that become effective between or throughout states and cannot be decided by local courts.
The main purpose of the judicial branch is the power to review a law and declare it unconstitutional which would then deny it from becoming the law of the land. (“Checks & Balances,” n. d. ) Simply put the judicial branch is a check for the constitutionality of every law, our government is a constitutional republic with democratic processes, and within these processes are checks and balances to ensure that laws that are passed do not exceed the powers that are enumerated to the Federal government by the Constitution.
Furthermore, the three branches of government interact with each other through Checks and Balances. (“Transcripts of,”) The reason for this system is to keep one branch from becoming over powered. The Legislative branch may pass laws, but the Executive branch can veto them. The Executive branch can veto laws, although the legislative branch can override the veto with a 2/3 vote. (“Transcripts of,”) The Executive and Legislative branch may agree upon a law, but the judicial branch may declare the law unconstitutional.
This is ideally how the federal government should function, and the powers that are distinctly stated in the original draft of the constitution should be the focal point of every discussion about the federal government today. Currently, the federal government has been on the path to a tyrannical state of affairs. The first sign of government over reach was passed 100 years ago, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, this act was the beginning of income taxes, which I believe to be the highest form of oppression against We the People.
(Satterthwaite) The text of the 16th amendment to the Constitution reads as follows: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration”. (“Transcript of,”) The Federal Reserve Act also states, “to provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish and elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.
” (Satterthwaite) While under the guise of being beneficial to the people Woodrow Wilson took it upon himself to sign this act into law which would later become a mandatory income tax. In my honest opinion, the forefathers would frown upon income taxes and no argument of “these are different times” justifies the mandatory extortion of the Federal government taking a piece of hard earned capital out of the hands of the people.
The next on the list of atrocious laws set forth by the federal government is the Patriot Act of 2001, also under the guise of protecting citizens has expanded the power of the federal government to wiretap & monitor citizens. (Jenks) The CIA was never really supposed to even be utilized domestically, but within the Patriot Act, this changes that fact and allows all tools of the federal government to be used domestically against the people.
It is also somewhat sad to have to justify in the Patriot act that no Sikh-Americans, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans shall be discriminated against. Shouldn’t this go without saying, the Bill of Rights is a list of unalienable rights. For some reason these ideas have been changing in Washington, it could be the decade long wars affecting our liberty, but the last infringement upon We the People in recent times is the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, and 2013.
(“Text of,”) (“Bill text,” Section 1031) In section 1031, under the law of war any person(s) under the perceived threat will not be given a fair trial whether they are an American citizen protected by the Bill of Rights. These are just some of the examples that have the forefathers whom wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights rolling in their graves. In conclusion, tyranny is always around the corner when it comes to government increasing its power and distracting the public from educating themselves about their basic human rights unalienable by the federal government enumerated to them by the Bill of Rights.
We the People must find our passion in liberty, and look back at how basic the functions of the three branches of government used to be. The legislative passed sane logical laws that were understood by all not requiring a lawyer to interpret every piece of legislation, the executive branch executing the laws and upholding the constitution, and then the judicial branch of government which used to actually interpret the constitution without bias from political parties.
These basic checks and balances seem to have been lost in translation in the last hundred years of perpetual war and debt. My suggestions for improving the economy and improving the federal government would have to simply be end the Federal Reserve the private central bank, return to the basic functions outlined in the constitution, and start from there. The system that could help for a real recovery is a protected document that some people hold in their pockets.
Let’s give that a shot and what could people gain by ending the private banking monopoly money scheme? Simply, their whole paycheck. References Abrams, J. (n. d. ). Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 10, 2013, from http://www. huffingtonpost. com/2011/05/27/patriot-act-extension-signed-obama-autopen_n_867851. html Bill Text – 112th Congress (2011-2012) – THOMAS (Library of Congress). (n. d. ). THOMAS (Library of Congress). Retrieved May 10, 2013.