- The U.S. has 3 branches of government to keep any one from having too much power and taking over; for example, a president declaring themselves king.
- They are: the Judiciary or Courts, the Executive headed by the president and the Congress.
- We trust the branches to keep each other operating honestly and according to the Constitution, the handbook of democracy.
- In the case of President Trump and former Attorney General Sally Yates: Trump signed the Executive Order on banning immigration from certain countries, Yates felt the order violated the Constitution and ordered her attorneys to not to follow it, Trump fired Yates.
- The integrity of the Constitution was compromised when Trump fired Yates rather than appeal to the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of his Executive Order: a constitutional crisis.
Think 3 brothers all bound to abide by House Rules created by their great-great-great-grandparents and supervised by grandma. Brother 1 decrees something that brother 2 believes violates House Rules and brother 2 instructs all the children to ignore the decree. Brother 1 puts brother 2 out of the family rather than ask grandma to interpret House Rules, like he is supposed to.
A family in turmoil.
Brother 3 (Congress) can intervene, but if he doesn’t, grandma can’t intervene on her own.
So the family unit stops functioning.
Where do we go from here?
The Constitution is the basic guidebook to help you understand the laws in America and where they came from. Familiarize yourself with it.
Get your copy of the Constitution here
Appeal to your congressional representatives and senators to uphold the Constitution, a balance of power protects us all.