Lessons in Federal Government

~Lynn Matthews and Tim Walsh

Federal Government has three primary responsibilities.  First and foremost, the security of our nation.  National security and national defense.  The second function of our federal government is that of securing individual liberty.  Liberty being defined as The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. The third is being justice, or law and order.

While the Government includes unity, justice, domestic tranquility, defense, promotion of the general welfare of the citizens and securing liberty for all, Mark Levin outlined the three most important functions. Stating, “That’s part of the civil society. You can’t have anarchy. You can’t have mobocracy, or the society can’t last. Or we’re just the jungle.”

Mark Funkhouser former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, claimed, “Government in a democracy is essentially a conservative institution. It is responsible for creating and sustaining markets, enforcing contracts, protecting private property, and producing systems of education and infrastructure that allow commerce to function efficiently.”

Red Hot Media has been unable to find a reference to investigating a sitting president and his family for their financial transactions prior to his taking on the presidency.

There is also no reference in the constitution that allows for votes to be accepted by members of a foreign nation, despite the rantings of a “wanna-be” governor of Florida. There is no statute that defines democracy as a mob rules situation, but rather a society of law abiding individuals, whom accept that their legally appointed officials act on their behalf to determine what laws they are going to enforce.

Yes, the government is divided into three separate but equal branches:

Legislative Branch 

Consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate.  The two bodies represent Congress.  Their primary responsibility is to write laws. Not interpret, nor enact them, but to write legislation that serves the best interest of their constituents and Americans.

While the Senate and the house mostly do similar things the House is more representative to their constituents on a local level, while the Senate serves the people on a state level.

There are no term limits on either body, which RHM believes could lead to House or Senate members susceptible to bribery from special interest groups.  Particularly Non-Government Agencies.  And quite possibly foreign influences seeking favor from particular legislation that would benefit their cause.

Judicial Branch

Interprets the meaning of laws, applies laws to individual cases, and decides if laws violate the Constitution. It’s comprised of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

The Supreme court, being the highest court in the land consists of nine members, and there must be a minimum of six members to decide on a case.  There are no term limits on the court, and members serve until they retire or die.  The president is responsible for appointing a supreme court justice, and the senate makes the final determination on the confirming or denying of the justice.

Executive Branch

Responsible for carrying out and enforcing the laws.  It consists of the President, Vice-President as well as the presidents cabinet.  The president, while being the chief law enforcer in the country,  is the head of state, leader of the federal government, and Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces.

What are your thoughts?  Term limits for Congress?  Term limits for Justices? If so why?

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