Checks, balances failing

To quote President Obama at his Cabinet meeting, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen … and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward ... .”


If anybody had any doubt that we’ve lost our representative republic and ushered in dictatorship under Obama, this statement should have erased that doubt.

Our Founding Fathers created three equal branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – to check and balance the power among those separate entities. Where is the legislative branch, Congress, on this blatant usurping of its responsibility? When the president and his administration started making instead of executing laws, Congress had the duty to step in and stop them. It appears Congress is ineffective and lacks moral courage.

Additionally, the judicial branch is entrusted to interpret laws and their constitutionality. It is an awesome responsibility; our justices must be impartial and use judicial restraint in deciding cases before them. In recent years, however, many of them are consumed with political correctness and popularity rather than the exercise of judicial prudence. The judicial branch also has failed in its role to check and balance the executive branch.

As the American electorate, we have failed because we have a large segment of disengaged citizens who are willing to sell out our children’s and grandchildren’s future in favor of protecting precious government entitlement programs.

Pay attention, America! If we continue on this course, we will wake up one day and not recognize the greatest country the world has ever known.

YeSun Wiltse