Need help in a debate!Submitted by E2e1el on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:10
Me:The abuse of executive orders allow for the trampling of our constitution. It's terrifying.
Him: Thats why we have checks and balances, so that if unconstitutional actions are occurring, lawsuits can be filed in order for the courts to engage in judicial review to determine the constitutionality of actions by either the executive branch or the legislative branch. To live in fear is the worst mistake us citizens can engage in.
Me: Unfortunately, the checks and balances have failed us. The executive branch is too powerful, legislative branch is asleep, and judicial branch has been politicized. Our constitution has afforded us the right to question the actions of our government. "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -Thomas Jefferson I for one, do not intend to remain silent.
Him:You make a good point, however, when lawsuits are filed that question the constitutionality of certain laws or actions means that checks and balances is at work. The fact that the courts have the power to review these executive orders is far from a failure of the system. The day that one branch overwhelms the other branches of government is the day you can claim that checks and balances have failed us, however that is not the case. Lawsuits can and will be filed that will review these actions by the President. I believe that the opposite of "silence" is occuring as you can see in the uproar in citizens speaking out against the presidents actions. Now all that needs to happen is for lawsuits to be filed, and judicial review to occur. Good point though
What should I say? Opinions?