The presidency comes with vast arrays of roles and responsibilities: approving/vetoing every bill passed, making sure laws made by congress are carried out, and simply presiding over meetings of the association. But the presidents many responsibilities are constrained due to the Separation of powers, the Constitution, and Federalism. Without these constraints, the President would have all the power he wanted, essentially having a monarchy not a democracy. For instance, separation of powers creates three separate branches of government, each with their own special powers. The Constitution creates reliability, making the president co-operate with the other branches of government.
Also it would easily become outdated and fail to respond to the constantly changing political environment. If the UK’s constitution became codified then there would be a risk of judicial tyranny. Judges are not the best people to enforce the constitution as they are unelected and socially unrepresentative. If it became codified then it would be reflective of the values and preferences of senior judges not of the general public who the rules mainly affect. The UK’s current democratic rule has been successful for a long period of time and changes in the constitution come about because of democratic pressure from the public.
With this system, the judicial branch, the Supreme Court, can check Congress by declaring laws unconstitutional. The executive branch, the president, can check Congress by vetoing bills they have passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The president checks the judicial branch by appointing Federal judges, but the Senate must agree with a majority vote for it to go through. Congress can check both the president and members of the Court with its power of impeachment. Officials could be impeached by Congress for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
The President has many roles official roles that are outlined in the constitution. One of these roles is the Chief Legislator. It is the president’s job to shape policy, in other words, the president is the head lobbyist. To pass laws, the president can request or insist that congress enact laws that he thinks will benefit the American people. Because the American people blame the president for any problems, the president feels especially obligated to pass laws through congress.
Each branch has its own powers in the government, but the system of checks and balances keeps each branch from gaining too much power and overstepping its bounds. The checks and balances were originally put in place to protect the newly formed democracy from turning into another monarchy. Though stalemates do occur, for the most part, the three branches work together to promote the will of the people. Stalemates are bound to happen with differing opinions. When the executive branch is made of a majority of one party and the legislative branch is made up of a majority of a different party.
It seems like america is too proud to let go of its constitution, it has become a historical trophy for our government that sits and collects dust.We must re-draft the constitution,keeping some fundamental sections but reforming parts that no longer are important, and to add sections that have become a part of america.The action of even questioning the relevance of the constitution, shows the old and non functional nature of the constitution. There has been too much reform and too many amendments to the constitution. Its time for the constitution to become
By creating a government divided into the presidential, legislative, and judicial branches meant that no one’s power could come into absolute power. There is however a downside to having three branches of government. If there is a democratic president and one of the branches is a republican run branch they may not agree on some of the same ideas. When we have different branches vetoing bills and not making them laws this in turn affects the citizens who may need the change. Checks and Balances The system of checks and balances is part of our constitution.
Many people believe that the Electoral College is outdated and we should not use it anymore. One will argument that the Electoral College can make sure people are making the right choice in choosing our president. Another reason why we are still using this voting system is because in order to get rid of it, it would require a constitutional amendment, which is extremely hard to pass. In order to pass/ratify an amendment, three fourths of the states have to agree upon changing the Constitution. This is very unlikely to happen because the Electoral College benefits the smaller states.
Vietnam War Prior to Vietnam, the American populous held their Schools, Congressman, and official institutions in a high regard. Some Americans felt that even though the intentions of the Government were good when entering the conflict, it was a battle that could never be won and there was too great of a burden on the country economically and social to continue the war. Others felt that the United States was in Vietnam for a purpose and should stay until their task was accomplished. It’s hard to determine the long-term effects of Vietnam to the American public. Although many students were moved by the war, it also caused great changes to politics in the United States.
Brianna Cameron GOVT 2301 December 1, 2010 Cumulative Essay When I first signed up to take this class I thought it would be extremely boring and hard to stay focused. When I hear things about politics I automatically tune it out simply because I do not understand what is being said to begin with. This class has opened my eyes a little in more ways than I thought it would. Taking this course with the teacher I had raised my interest level in government, which was not something I expected at all. I figured I would learn about voting rules, passing laws, the constitution and what is was made upon, and what the difference between being a republican or a democrat meant.