The President, The Apocalypse, and You
Stop disparaging over the Presidential Election. I will be the first to admit that I don’t like the playing field right now. But we’re getting tunnel vision in this election as we focus on this one election and how both candidates seem to bring the country to the brink of destruction. Have no fear people, we have the Constitution! More specifically, we have what’s called “checks and balances.” Surprise! There are other elections this season.
Our Founding Fathers broke away from a tyrant; naturally you would think, they would want to include ways to stop such a tyrant from running the country again. This is where checks and balances come into play. You’ve heard of Congress, right? If not, please read up on Congress before the election. Congress is divided up into two parts: The Senate and the House of Representatives. Each represents you and each has power to “check” the President. Did you see what I did there?
Here’s a better picture of the playing field this election cycle. On top of the Presidential election everyone keeps talking about, there are also 34 Senate seats up for election this year; 24 Republican seats and 10 Democrat seats. There are 100 Senators which makes 1/3 enough to give one party a large majority. In the House of Representatives, there are 435 seats up for reelection. THAT’S ALL OF THEM. If you’re still with me, let me briefly explain their roles.
Article I of the Constitution is where we will find the powers of the Legislative branch, or Congress. The first part of Congress is the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 Congressman based on state population. The bigger your state’s population, the larger presence your state has in the House. They can initiate financial bills, they are responsible for impeaching elected officials, and in case there is a tie for president in our Electoral College system, they get to break it! The second half is called the Senate. Each state has two representatives. The Senate gets to ratify treaties, approve appointments the President wants to make to government positions, and tries the impeachment cases that the House starts. Without Congress, the President cannot do much at all.
Now for the big, “So what?” If Hillary gets elected, she can still be stopped by Congress. A lot, if not all, of her policies make Republicans cringe. WE still have the ability to prevent that from happening. The presidential election is huge, but without Congress the President is very limited on what they can do. For instance, that third branch everyone forgets about, the Supreme Court. Justices nominated for the Supreme Court are nominated by the President. That person still has to be approved by the Senate. Your next argument probably is, well what about Executive Orders, those can be bad. Yes it’s true, those can be damaging. Those are temporary without Congressional approval however.
Take a big sigh of relief. You made it to the end. I hope you can see that there is a little more than this one election currently taking place. Don’t get me wrong, this presidential election is a big race for both parties. Just please don’t get lured into thinking you’re voting for Hell or high water. There are more players in this game than the media talks about and they play a big role in how the next couple of years will play out. So don’t fear, take a breath, the apocalypse is not quite as close as the media is saying. BUT, still go vote please. It’s really important that you vote.
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