All three branches of government have some type of “veto power.”
Legislative Branch – If the Executive branch vetoes legislation that the Legislature is intent on instituting as law, the Legislative Branch, with a super majority, can override the Executive’s veto… a sort of veto of the veto.
Executive Branch – As mentioned above, the Executive Branch holds the power of the veto over any legislation of which it does not approve. The veto is not absolute but it does hold some sway in that a 2/3rds majority in Congress is needed to override it – not always an easy task in the partisan and politically charged atmosphere to which we have grown accustomed.
Judicial Branch – Finally comes the Supreme Court. Its veto power rests in its ability to rule challenged legislation as unconstitutional. All this power for unelected partisans seems out of balance in what’s supposed to be a balanced separation of powers. Looking back over some of the very, very bad decisions that have come from the court make clear how dangerous this group can become. The two most egregious would be the Dred Scott ruling and the Roe V Wade ruling that has sanctioned the murder of 63 million unborn “almost persons” to date.
Where does all this leave you and me? After all, wasn’t our government established “of, for, and by the people“? And then there’s this:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.“
Or as our ingenious, puppet-on-a-string, president puts it, “You know the thing…“
I’m not sure any words could be more succinct in establishing the basis for government and its task to secure the rights of the people not run roughshod over those unalienable rights, whether enumerated or understood.
So, where’s our veto power? I suggest that the Founders included the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, not to establish the right to keep and bear arms, but to charge government, that so quickly and easily forgets its task, to mind itself and not infringe, in any way, on the natural rights of the citizens of the United States.
We’ve been told lately that no Amendment, thereby extension, the Constitution, is absolute. When I read “shall not be infringed,” however, I fail to see anything but an absolute statement… not in any way shall there be any infringement. Maybe it’s just me, after all, I’ve not yet figured out how to plagiarize the great works of literature in the crafty manner of Joe Biden… but I digress.
So, I conclude, therein lies the power of the people’s veto – the power to veto government; government that so easily tends toward tyranny.
No, we don’t need AR-15’s to hunt. Nobody ever even suggested that. We need firearms to stave off tyranny. After all, we all know that Power Through Strength, not docile compliance, is what keeps greedy politicians off our backs. When it comes to the defense of one’s liberty, could there ever be a firearm that could be too big or too deadly?
Go ahead, Change My Mind, if you can.
2 thoughts on “The People’s Power of the VETO!”
Well stated Paul.
We have a government that has fraudulently gotten in power with the help of the republican party who are just as corrupt but occasionally do put up a fuss to appease their voters to keep their seat. We are in deep trouble from the totally marxist 0biden administration & their faithful republican cohorts.
Thanks, Jeana. A few of us are paying attention.