Does it make a difference if someone is the oldest or youngest in their family? Sure, I’ll buy that. Does it make a significant difference? That’s where the debate comes in. Much is said about the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. It’s often said that it is the first amendment because it’s the most important freedom. If that reasoning is true, then that same reasoning would have guided the framers of the Constitution throughout the document.
Article 1 lays out the framework for the Legislative Branch. Hmm, that seems significant. Article 2 addresses the Executive Branch. Hmm, that seems significant, too. Apparently, the Founding Fathers viewed the Legislative Branch as being more important that the Executive Branch. I wonder why that might be? What does an executive do? He executes. What does he execute? The laws passed by the legislature.
Before the ink was dry on the US Constitution the three branches were vying for power. The Founding Fathers understood human nature, and certainly anticipated that, so they built in checks and balances to hopefully minimize the concentration of power by one branch. Unfortunately, the Legislative Branch has yielded more and more authority to the Executive Branch over the decades. Also, tragically, the States yielded their authority and voice within the federal government when the 17th amendment passed.
The vision and blueprint that the Founding Fathers gave us was that the people, through the House, and the several States, through the Senate, would pass legislation that the Executive Branch, headed by the President, would carry out. The office of the President was designed to be the servant of the Congress, and thus the servant of the people, not the master.
During this crisis, much of it self-imposed and imaginary, where has the Legislative Branch been? Basically, on vacation, leaving the Executive Branch to deal with the mess. Hopefully, this crisis will have repercussions at the voting booth in November, and voters will remember those who ran away from their responsibilities and vote them out. Also, let’s hope that those who chose authoritarian measures and suppression of our rights will be ushered out.