Ron Aylward, Marco Island
Democracy or dictatorship?Notwithstanding our many differences, we are all Americans. Our Constitution, not the government, guarantees us rights and freedoms and created three branches of federal government to protect them. A balance of separate powers was established.
However, the Executive Branch, through executive orders, and mandates has now assumed the power to enact laws. Relying upon political support from the Legislature, the Executive Branch has become a "benevolent" dictatorship, reallocating wealth, using tax dollars to bailout banks and troubled industries, spending without regard to ability to pay, creating health care for all, appointing czars to insure its policies are enforced and legislating without regard to and in defiance of the other branches.
At the same time, the Legislative Branch has allowed its legislative responsibility to be usurped. For example, recently a law was passed requiring all terrorists to be tried in military courts. In opposition, the Executive Branch directed its agencies to ignore that law and hold such trials in our civil courts.
The Judicial Branch has also decided to legislate our laws. It has gone so far as commanding the Legislature to pass laws concocted by the judiciary. Its decisions are no longer based upon prior decisions, but upon what a particular judge believes best reflects our society
As citizens accept these trends, exchanging their rights for these "benefits," the more the Executive Branch will dictate. Maintaining benefits outweigh religious beliefs and other constitutional rights, its mandates already have gone the gambit, from its right to declare war to requiring us to use certain light bulbs.
Where will it end?