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What Separation of Powers?

February 8, 2008

I just noticed something in McCain's speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee.  He said this:

"I believe today, as I believed twenty-five years ago, in small government; fiscal discipline; low taxes; a strong defense, judges who enforce, and not make, our laws; the social values that are the true source of our strength; and, generally, the steadfast defense of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which I have defended my entire career as God-given to the born and unborn."

"Judges who enforce, and not make, our laws?"

Judges should neither make nor enforce laws; they should interpret them.  That's Civics 101.  The legislative branch makes laws.  The executive branch enforces them.  And the judicial branch interprets them.

John McCain, 26 years in Congress, doesn't seem to know which branches of government are supposed to do what.  And his staff did not catch the error either, since my source was his press release.

Maybe instead of reading Greenspan's book to bone up on economics, he should read the Constitution first.