Tuesday, November 29, 2011

U.S. government not three equal parts

A fallacy. Tom Paine was the one who pointed out that the notion rendered everything indeterminate. There's a fundamental lack of clear values in the concept. Is the legislature the most important, or the executive, or the supreme court? In my mind, the legislature is most the most important because it's where the representatives of the people sit. In an autocracy, the Executive would be the most important. In a democratic system the executive should be the second most important branch, and the Supreme Court should be its own thing. The Supreme Court is in no way equal in status to the legislature, and plays a passive role in relation to the other branches. Even though the legislature should have some sort of check on it from the Executive branch, the Executive branch does not have to be completely separate to check the legislature. There are shades of grey.

*on edit: the three equal positives of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches in American political life, with their mutual checks and balances, resemble the mystery of the Holy Trinity,both in the concept and in veneration. Supposedly equal, but in three mutually distinct parts...

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