A system of checks and balances was built within the Constitution to protect us against tyranny .
The Executive, the Judicial and the Legislative branches of our United States Government is a checks and balance system, right? This C & B system really does work, when there are responsible people executing the responsibilities and duties of each branch. John Adams said, “Only by balancing each against the other two could freedom be preserved.”.
The best example of a dysfunctional government is the one we have today. The Legislative and Executive Branches are good at pointing the finger and giving the middle one to the other, but take little action. When one is in violation of the Constitution and our laws and the other branches do not respond accordingly, holding the other accountable, then both or possibly all three are in violation, thumbing their noses at the system. It is the responsibility of each Branch to check and keep the others within the law and to preserve the Constitution.
Here are just a few of many checks and balances which are threatened today: From http://www.nccs.net/checks-balances-limited-and-balanced-government.php for a more complete list.
” Legislative (Congress) can conduct investigations of Executive to see if funds are properly expended and laws enforced.”
“Legislative (Senate) has power to impeach Executive (President) with concurrence of 2/3, of members.”
“Legislative by Joint Resolution, can terminate certain powers granted to Executive (President) without his consent.
In fairness (some) while writing this article I learned the House of Representatives passed a resolution to file a suite against Obama.
“The president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigration laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress, which is the law, and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” House Rules Committee Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said. The resolution approved Wednesday only allows the House to file a suit against Obama over his decisions to Obamacare. While some Republicans were hoping for a broader authority to allow suits on other issues, Sessions said Republicans believe their best chance of success in the courts is to focus on Obamacare. (www.TheBlaze.com)
Depending on what fence you are lounging on, I guess something is better than nothing and late better than never. However, with just the above mentioned accusations, what took them so long. If the House believed these violations to be true, it was their responsibility under the Constitution to act. I understand they must build their case. It was a pretty open and shut case on the Gitmo Five. Obama’s other Executive orders haven’t exactly been a secret……..Richard Nixon he is not. I get it the Senate won’t follow through with impeachment. Whatever can be done, must be done.
I believe the citizens in the country could claim that Congress and the President have violated our Constitution, simply in regards to ignoring the Checks and Balance System.
We the People are a part of that system, we vote. We are ultimately responsible for removing people from office who do not take their oath of office and our Constitution seriously. It is our freedom at stake.