Friday, April 29, 2016

Failure of execution

In the documents that make up our American system of government, there are fairly clear assignments of duties. This assignment has become a grey area in the current decade of mass and instantaneous communication.

There are many, many laws on the books right now. Not the least of which are laws that are intended to govern where our boundaries are and who is at liberty to pass across them. Without delineation of where the boundaries are there is no nation. There is no sovereign soil to protect, defend, or keep the peace in.

Many laws have become conveniences. There are plenty of prime examples of laws being selectively enforced across the country: from "sanctuary cities" refusing to enforce immigration laws to gun laws being flouted across state lines in the name of proving some point. Despite the distinct separation of powers between creating laws and enforcing them, there is a grey fog over the entire process.

The fog of inconsistency creates a condition of insecure footing. It is impossible for law makers to tell if the laws they create are right or wrong, helpful or hurtful because they are currently at the mercy of the executors as to whether they are enforced or not. This means that a lawmaker has no clear capability to present new laws with any hope of trying to positively influence the world. Even such seemingly simple subjects as individuals using the correct bathroom for their physical form have come under fire. (The bathroom dichotomy being based on the physical distinction that is most prevalent in our species.)

This leads to the current situation of a paralyzed federal congress and an executive branch figure head that is more interested in changing the laws rather than enforcing them. If the constitutional entities would properly carry out their duties, many problems would be solved. I don't think that any individual would expect their local police to do anything but enforce the legal laws or  expect the local council members to go arrest killers. Why then do we look to the federal level to overlap their authority?

This thought occurs to me as I contemplate the current presidential race. When looking at the candidates, there are multiple individuals that represent the legislative branch. There are very few that appear decisive and willing to not try to legislate by executive action. There is plenty of rhetoric about a certain individual being a loose cannon that will bring ruin to the nation. I don't believe this particular candidate will unleash nuclear war or actually be able to get a wall built. What I do believe is that this candidate will rebalance our federal executive branch back to a position of enforcing the current laws instead of ignoring the laws at whim (that disregard de facto disenfranchising everyone that voted for legally elected congress members). The legislative branch can then get back to acting as the check and balance that is so sorely needed to move this nation forward.

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