Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | March 6, 2012

Question of the Week #9: Government

Question of the Week #9:

From the Constitution of the United States posted atΒ :

Article. I.

Section. 1.

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.”

What are “legislative Powers”?



  1. Legislative powers are simply the power to make laws. Under the Constitution no one except Congress has that power on the federal level. Unfortunately, through the years, one President after another has passed Executive Orders that have virtually the same power as law, and our current President has expanded this almost to the level of a dictator handing down edicts.

  2. interesting discussion. I’m a Canadian and don’t claim any understanding of the US system, except that I find it fascinating. It seems to be that bi partisan interests have stopped the legislative powers of congress. but i’m more than happy to be educated if i’m wrong.

    It seems to me that usually, each side gives a bit, and laws get passed. but that hasn’t been true for the past few years.

    • Hi Louise, I lived on the west end of Montreal island for a year, so I can imagine this does appear a wee bit strange. The Constitution is the foundation of the USA and includes specific checks and balances. If one branch of federal government takes on more authority than the Constitution and its Amendments allow, that indicates a flaw that needs to be fixed. As a republic, this country’s focus of power leans toward the states rather than the federal government. So federal government powers are carefully limited and monitored. Hope this makes sense. πŸ™‚ Cheers, Ashley

      • it does, Actually, Ashley. Thanks for the clarification. I don’t think our system is particularly good but it is much quieter and shorter than yours. (typed as I watch the Super tuesday results on CNN)….

      • Good to hear, Louise. And I agree, election years are long, tedious, and noisy. Cheers, Ashley

      • Limited power of the federal government is the theory; however, through the years it has managed to suck more and more power away from the states.

      • Yes, David. A reset, a return to first principles, a reclaiming of our freedoms, is long overdue. The first step is rereading the U. S. Constitution, the Amendments, the Declaration of Inderpendence, and other founding documents–refreshing the basics. Cheers, Ashley

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