Take it from Snee: It’s part two, The Empire Strikes Back of my trilogy to explain the U.S. branches of government to foreigners and children. This week: the legislature strikes back!(Apr. 11, 2012)
Time travel is bad. But, killer bees are also bad. Are you a bad enough dude to time travel back to 1957 and cold-cock Warwick Kerr? (Apr. 12, 2012)
Movies I’ve Sneen: Chugs was out this week, presumably in rehab to overcome his nail polish addiction. (He is weak to need help with his illness, but so strong for admitting it.) So, I filled in with my review of Disney’s John Carter. (Apr. 12, 2012)
Greetings, non-citizens and/or future voters! As you may recall, I recently explained to (at, whatever) foreigners and children how the United States’ political parties work. Since that was a rousing success – mostly because neither of you have command of my language to voice your objections – I’ve been tapped to now explain the three branches of our government.
The three branches are the executive, legislative and judicial branches. These were delineated all the way back in 1789, when a group of self-selected landowners (mostly lawyers) met to secretly and kind of/sort of illegally overhaul our existing government as outlined in the Articles of Confederation. This was the now legal framing of our famed Constitution. Maybe you’ve seen it in your tour through Ron Paul’s breast pocket?
To reflect this spirit of open contempt towards our law of the land, they intentionally set up a lawyer-driven three-way deathmatch between three equal branches. This cage fight is called “checks and balances,” which was based on the use of elbows and fleet footwork in Senate-floor cane brawls.
Because of the amount of information involved, and because every element of our government is ripe for jokes, I’ve divided this into a three part series. Last week, I explained the executive branch. This week, it’s the legislative branch.