The election is drawing near. Let's review some basic facts about our government. The government is broken down in to three branches -- executive, legislative and judicial.
The executive branch consists of the president, the military and the various departments of government -- Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, etc.
The legislative consists of primarily the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
The judicial is primarily the Supreme Court.
Each branch is separate and independent of each other. Of these three branches the one that affects us each individually is the legislative. The U.S. House votes on proposed bills that will be enacted in to law. If the bill passes it goes to the Senate. If they approve, it becomes law.
I bring this up for us to remember that when we vote in November, it’s not just for the president. It is also for the members of the legislative branch.
Just remember that if you vote a straight ticket you take away your option to retain a party member you might like, who might be in the opposing party of your presidential choice.
It is important to be informed before you vote. The direction of the country depends on it. Know the true facts, not just the talking heads.
- Ralph Freimuth, Hobart