A gentle reminder

see sawAs more and more information comes to people by way of social media, their reaction to  input has been, shall we say, varied, many times misguided, and more than often  confused among the minutia of “stuff”.  So, for those who may have forgotten or even never really digested the most primary of facts (as stipulated in the Constitution) regarding the United States branches of government; here is a rudimentary check list.

Today’s blog is dedicated to The Three Branches of Government.

Pretend that three people who weigh the same take turns on a seesaw. No matter which two people are on the seesaw at opposite ends, they are balanced. Our government is the same way. The three that take turns riding the seesaw are: –

(1)  President – Executive Branch, (2) Legislative Branch, and (3) Supreme Court – Judicial Branch

How do these branches balance and check each other? Each branch has different powers from another branch. But each weighs the same.

Using the lists below you can imagine a seesaw to show how each branch balances the other.



Executive branch- President:

• Makes treaties with other nations
• Carries out laws
• Vetoes bills Congress passes if he thinks they are wrong
• Appoints judges in the Judicial Branch for a life term
• Writes the budget Congress:

Legislative Branch- Congress and Senate

• Makes laws
• Can override a President’s veto of a bill by 2/3 vote
• Can impeach (fire) a President for misconduct
• Must approve presidential appointments for judges and justices
• Gives the O.K. on budget spending and treaties
• Can remove judges from office for misconduct

Supreme Court- Judicial Branch

• Interprets laws
• May decide that some laws that Congress makes or decisions that the President make are not right according to the Constitution.


For whatever it is worth, take into consideration these facts and when confronted by a tide of media input, throw this out as a lifeboat and tow in the truth.