Rich Galen

There is a growing battle between the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled White House.

President Barack Obama is signing what are known as "Executive Orders" to (in the minds of House Republicans) either create laws that don't exist, or ignore laws that do exist.

This is a classic fight between what, in Our Nation's Capital is known as the Article I Branch of Government vs. the Article II Branch. Those are the Legislative and Executive Branches and which Article of the U.S. Constitution describes their duties and prerogatives.

Article I, Section 1 states:

"All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Article II, Section 1 states:

"The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."

Just to keep the conversation going, Article III, Section 1 begins:

"The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

Those are the starting lineups: The Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial Branches.

As we learned in grammar school, the Congress passes laws that the President is supposed to enforce. The Supreme Court decides on whether or not those laws are Constitutional.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.