The upcoming presidential election is very important. But making it the preeminent focus may prove to be fool hearty for “We the People.” Ever since I began to seriously pay attention to the American election process during my high school years, one thing has been abundantly clear. The primary and in some cases the only real focus is on the presidency. Now don’t get me wrong, the office of president of the United States of America is very important. In fact, it should be highly regarded not only by sovereign citizens, but also by those who are blessed to be elected to that office.
But the run for the presidency should not be the sole focus of our attention. The executive branch establishes the office of president Article II section II provides presidential powers. It makes the president the commander in chief of the military and the militia, and can make treaties with other countries. He can pick judges and other government members. It also provides the president the aid of a cabinet. With the approval of the Senate, the president meets with other heads of state. The President is also required to give a speech once a year regarding the state of our union.
But in addition to the president is Congress which consists of 469 seats. When you include state and local executive and legislative seats, it amounts to around thirty thousand positions. They are all elected to represent and govern on behalf of “We the People.” We all know that Congress will make no law regarding an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for the redress of grievances. Congress is also supposed to oversee the production of money, (not the Federal Reserve) but that is for another column. Congress is also authorized to collect taxes and provide for the general welfare of the United States.
The Judiciary has it’s enumerated powers and responsibilities including, the overseeing of trials for all crimes except in cases of impeachment in the Judicial power which shall extend to all cases in law and equity arising under the constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made under their authority; to all cases affecting Ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls. Article III section II fully explains the Judicial Branch power and authorities, none of which includes the making of laws, such was done in regards to same sex marriage.
I agree with constitutional scholar Kris Ann Hall who pointed out at a recent gathering, that the reason the lion’s share of attention is given to the presidential race is because that keeps the focus off of our representatives who are supposed to govern on behalf of our true best interest of “We the People.” Unfortunately, most of the time the government acts on behalf of it’s own best interest as officials seek to take more control of our lives.
If congress governed according to constitutional mandates, there would never have been repeated raisings of the debt limit. The debt limit is now to the point that it could cause an economic collapse by 2017. Because of a lack of focused attention on Congress, both houses have worked along side president Obama in efforts to gain more control over our God given rights. Even national security has been gravely compromised because congress has gone along with the efforts of president Obama to put us in mortal danger. One way is allowing Obama to snare America in a deal with Iran that allows that muslim nation to obtain the nuclear weapons the imams desire to destroy the United States and Israel.
If congress were to govern on behalf of American interests there would be a constitutionally influenced effort to wipe out every single money grubbing and rights inhibiting department. For example the Environmental Protection Agency, the I.R.S. and the Department of Education just to name a few. Let us not forget, that under the influence of the Department of Justice, cities like Denver, Atlanta, and New York City have signed a traitorous global police initiative. This horrible development is unfolding without any noticeable backlash from congress, so far. Maybe things will change now that Boehner is gone. After all, congress should be on the lookout and a safeguard against efforts of Obama to fundamentally change America into something that no longer even resembles a constitutionally limited republic. Unfortunately, more often than not, congress has not been a check and balance against tyranny, but rather an accomplice of evil against our unalienable rights. May God help us.
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