Government And The Executive Branch

Democracy
noun, plural de·moc·ra·cies.
government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
a state having such a form of government:
The United States and Canada are democracies.
a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

Socialism
noun
a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

 

 

The United States is a Democracy, but much of what people are fighting for is Socialism which would require the restructuring of our government.

 

Studying the government is a complicated manner, but if you start from the beginning and move forward it’s a bit easier. Much of the difficulty comes in when things were changed, added and removed, which isn’t an easy task and it’s not supposed to be. Graduating in 1988 makes me a bit of a relic when it comes to what I was taught but the government is still the same.  What has changed is feelings. The government, wasn’t created to run on feelings though.

 

Interesting Fact: Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution.

 

There are 3 Branches of the US Government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Today I want to discuss the Executive Branch.

The Executive Branch is the part of government that enforces the law. The President is the leader of the executive branch, including the armed forces. This does NOT mean the president can make law, but it does mean that he can sign or veto potential laws sent to him by Legislative Branch.

 

The president, can however, make executive order to enforce the laws of the country. An example of this today would be the illegal aliens in our country. Law states, you must have a passport or a visa (papers) and must follow the laws of this country, or you can be expelled. It also means that the president can send the National Guard or other troops to our borders to keep them out. In other words, if you want to allow illegal aliens and their families in the US you have to change the law. What Trump is doing may not set well with someone, but the only way to stop it is to change the law, and you MUST do that through the Legislative Branch. Much of the reason there is so much protest over immigration at the moment is because this president is trying to enforce the Federal Law, while many past presidents past didn’t.

The president does have jurisdiction over many different departments (labor, commerce, education, etc) in the government which is why he appoints his cabinet, who are there to help guide the president. We still have a say in the appointed people though because the Senate must confirm these people. Just as the president nominates federal judges and judges for the Supreme Court, they too must be confirmed. No one person has the magic wand to put these people in position. If you are unhappy with confirmed judges and cabinet members the place for you to start is with your state vote or midterm elections.

 

This is also why it’s so important to send letters to your Senators and Congressmen, so that the people we elect KNOW where we stand. Not where we stand as individuals, but as a whole. Their job is to gather the letters and put them in groups on where they stand and then reading them, calling the writers to make sure that what their stance or problem is on a subject so that they can properly represent you and the people of their state.

 

A side note here: We are separate states and this is very important because the things that affect me do not affect the people of say California the same way. In Michigan we’re the Great Lakes State and I’m worried about the protection of the Great Lakes, while people of California lack fresh water and so they see Michigan as a great source for fresh water. <–Example

Presidents can be elected for up to 2 – 4 year terms in office, though it is possible for them to serve longer in the case of the previous president’s assassination, but not to exceed a total of 10 years. This is not part of the original Constitution it is the 22 Amendment passed in 1951 after WWII and FDR was elected for 3 terms.

 

At a different point I will  explain the Electoral College and it’s why and how. It’s rather complicated and it’s own subject.

Wrapping this up I do want to encourage everyone to vote in November. I don’t care who you vote for that is between you and the voting booth. None of us should be shamed for how we vote, though if you don’t you’ve lost your voice.

4 comments for “Government And The Executive Branch

  1. ellen beck
    October 24, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Very interesting post, and BTW I am an old relic too. Did you know that socialism has never ever succeeded? Well, briefly, and not very long. Reason being is it just doesn’t work large scale.

    Marx’s ideas may sound good on the surface, but socialism brings a whole lot of ill will- for example those who work hard are not ever rewarded anymore than those who work little. Now this non working would bother a worker less if say if the non worker was their own Grandparent, but it would be tough looking around and supporting those able to contribute but who choose not to.

    I think in actuality, socialism is a concept, and most convert to communism or a form of it if thats how they choose to function.As you pointed out, once capitalism enters, it is communism. But, it isnt popular to run under a communist ticket is it? They have become hybrids, trying to merge the two and say they are an Independent, when truly they are not.

    The Executive branch in my opinion might seeing this latest caravan as an invasion and in all actuality it is under the law. If 8000 Russians marched into New York City all H*8l would break loose. If a ship with 4000 shouting crew members and 4000 others arrived via the Great Lakes, things would get hairy because in both circumstances, the operative word is they are entering aggressively without anyone knowing intent. IF it is seen as an invasion, the Executive Branch ha the power to declare a State of Emergency and get troops there. Thats even sadder as there isnt an easy answer.

    It would be an interesting debate, but really you can’t debate this anymore. That’s a sad fact. If you do, you get a label. You get ‘unfriended It isn’t like back in the old relic days when you could discuss something. Yes, people have differing opinions, but it remained civil and you were almost always open to new ideas.

    • October 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Ellen, I don’t know of any successful socialism either. Living on the border and frequenting Canada it’s all very confusing. They have super super high taxes on everything you buy over there, but when we come back we are refunded part of that money, which I think is unfair to our Canadian friends.

      Very observant about “labels”. No, no one will run and win a communism ticket, but people are changing many of the names and creating hybrids as you say. Are they workable? Not on paper which is why they’re not successful because while these benefits look nice, they real question is how are we going to pay for them?

      I agree with you on this caravan. I’m sorry they’re in so much trouble, but I think if they applied for citizenship and not demanding entry things might be a little easier for them. I support legal citizenship. I don’t support a mob mentality and other foreigners who are going let what happens with this caravan set precedent.

      I would love to hear from people that support open borders and their rational. Not the “we were all immigrants once” because, yes, that is true but my family came in through Ellis Island and were properly vetted. My grandfather was 5 when he came with him mom. They were dirt poor and those hollowed eyed looks you see with photos of Ellis Island were my grandfather’s. What I would like to hear is how we will care for the citizens of our country and the illegal immigrants.

      I agree, there is no debate. If you don’t agree with someone they will scream in your face, ask about your morals blah blah blah. And THIS is why political polling with never work again. One pollers use landlines to come up with their numbers and most younger people and many older retired people only have cell phones. People who are being railed at are keeping their vote close to their heart. They’ll let people scream but when they go to the voting booth will vote their own heart.

      IF people want change they need to speak to people, not rail at them. That closes everyone mind. Yeah, these railing people might march and bully others but they are only collecting the support of the people that already support them. Shaming those that don’t agree changes nothing. Teaching and living by example is a great start.

  2. ellen beck
    November 1, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    And here I am checking back on this thread (had a few minutes) I see how many responses you got- but I bet there were more who typed something out and backspaced it all for fear of “gasp* having an opinion.

    You mention Canada… yes they have what I would consider centralized medicine rather than socialized medicine. Doctors. pharma etc have agreed on a price (for now) and thats what they get paid. Talking to Canadians hough, have you noticed their once great healthcare is declining?

    As far as Ellis Island… ummm people do realize people were SENT BACK too don’t they? EX: My husband’s family is Danish, they came ‘recently’ in the 1930s. His Grandfather had the flu, recovered on Ellis Island and it took 5 weeks. One great Uncle was handicapped he had Down’s syndrome and he was sent back. They didnt even get to keep their original name, it was too tough to pronounce.

    As far as illegals immigrants, there is only one word that needs to be looked at. I am not against immigrants, I am against illegals. If someone wants to support illegal activity, so be it, let them harbor them. Support, care and be responsible morally and physically. We lost 2 young girls here in Iowa just lately? Their crime? One was on track team, she turned him down, another a golfer, again turned down. Found face down dead in a field.

    • November 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Ellen 🙂

      It’s taking me forever to write these posts. I want to make sure when I post that I post correct accurate information.

      You are correct that a lot of people were sent back. There are stories my grandfather told of ships being outside the USA and the whole boat would be returned and that is in 1913 so I’m thinking on the cusp of WWI. I’m sure there was turmoil and a lot of people were trying to get out of Europe.

      I learned something new today too, Canada still has the Queen as head of state with a ruling prime minister. It hadn’t occurred to me they were still part of England. My son went over with his class a couple of weeks ago and they had to exchange their money. What an education that was for them. Here on the border we accept both and their currency gets mixed a bit with ours and it’s easy to exchange. When they went to the bank they refused to exchange the kids money because they had just had a rash of counterfeit bills. Quinn said I had a hand full of money I couldn’t spend. They were finally directed to what I think was a duty free shop to exchange.

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