But people still need to recognise we have an institutional responsibility to do oversight on the President” Garry Bass, Congress. This quote supports my view on the Congress being a watchdog. If the Congress is a lapdog, the President can have a free ride on running the country how he wishes and not represent the people’s view. However that is not the case as the President cannot do everything which pleases him. However, looking at the statistics such as Bill Clintons presidency, in the first 2 years which was a united government, Congress exercised limited oversight, and when needed to, asked softball questions, however , when Republicans took over Congress, things got much harder as they seek to hold the President to account, and after a while, impeach.
The challenge was to create a strong central government without letting any one person, or group of people, get too much power. How did the Constitution Guard against Tyranny? “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” (James Madison, May. 1787). The Articles of Confederation wasn’t working for the fifty-five individuals at the Constitutional Convention on May of 1787 in Philadelphia.
* By the vote of 9 states VOCABULARY FOR THE CONSTITUTION: ♦ Enumerated powers: powers specifically delegated to the federal government in Article 1, Section 8 ♦ Delegated powers: same as enumerated ♦ Implied powers: those necessary to carry out the tasks/powers expressly delegated to the government; “necessary and proper” ♦ Advice and consent: refers to the role of the Senate in confirming presidential appointments and ratifying treaties ♦ Writ of habeas corpus: can’t be held in jail/detained without charges against ♦ Bill of attainder: law that singles out individual or group for punishment without trial ♦ Naturalization: granting citizenship ♦ Pocket veto: President not returning a bill to Congress during the 10 day time from before Congress adjourns ♦ Ex post facto: after the fact; retroactive law THE FIRST 10 AMENDMENTS: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: * First: no gov’t est. religion; freedom of religion, speech, press, right of the people to peaceably assemble, petition the gov’t for redress of
Zinn also uses an excerpt from historian Charles Beard to explain his reasoning. Beard basically said that the rich controls the government or the laws the government operates by. Zinn points out that the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights shows that quality of interest hides behind innocence. Meaning that Congress completely ignores the freedom of speech. Professor of history Gordon S. Wood views the struggle for a new constitution in 1787-1788 as a social conflict between upper-class Federalists who desired a stronger central government and the “humbler” Anti-Federalists who controlled the state assemblies.
The Senate must live in a state representing; they must be 30 years old to run. The senate contains 100 members, led by vice-president. Their powers; Senators have one vote each, the Senate chooses officers and a President pro tempore. They have sole power to try impeachments; referral of bills is easily challenged. The Rules Committee are weak, they have few limits on debate time or amendments, also has unlimited time of debates unless challenged by unanimous vote or invoking cloture.
Federalist was led by Alexander Hamilton, which believed that government should have more power. On the other hand, the anti-Federalist, also known as Jeffersonian insisted on a strict construction of the provisions of the Constitution. Later on, the Federalist have became the Republican Party, and the anti-Federalist represent the Democracy. However, at first, John Adams have defeated Jefferson by just three votes in the electoral college, but later year, Jefferson defeated the incumbent, and won control of both houses of Congress. The Federalist never returned to power.
U. S. English has successfully lobbied for the passage of English Only laws in 18 states (out of 22 total English Only states) since its founding in 1983. In 1907, US President Theodore Roosevelt wrote, "We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house.’’ Opposition: The modern English-only movement has met with rejection from the private organization Linguistic Society of America, which passed a resolution in 1986–87 opposing "'English only' measures on the grounds that they are based on misconceptions about the role of a common language in establishing political unity, and that they are inconsistent with basic American traditions of linguistic tolerance. Linguist Geoffrey Pullum, in an essay entitled "Here come the linguistic fascists" charges English First with "hatred and suspicion of aliens and immigrants" and points out that English is far from under threat in the United
If the response of the President results in a sustained conflict, then Congress does become involved; congress can authorize military action without formally declaring war. An example to look at: after the events of the 9/11 attacks or in the build-up to the Iraq War. Article 1 of the Constitution clearly gives Congress, not the president, the “power… to declare War” (U.S. Constitution, Cornell University). Seven years, a “war” has raged on in Iraq and has caused tax payers over 2.2 trillion dollars and has claimed over 190,000 lives, 70% which were civilian lives (Iyer,
Representatives from small states did not like this plan and came up with the New Jersey Plan, which states that all states should be equal regardless the population. They settled this by giving the US two lawmaking bodies. Alexander Hamilton whom is on the $10 bill favors a strong central government and suggest for a president. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution by the ant federalist. I learned that an Amendment is any change done to the Constitution.
Elizabeth Richard March 28th 2014 POS- 301 Mark Tawney Principles and Articles of the United States Constitution | Createthe Law | Execute theLaws | InterprettheLaw | Democracy(Governed by the People) | CitizensVote/ElectLeaders | Self-Government | | | | X | X | Separation of Powers | | | | | | Checks and Balances | X | X | X | | | | Three GovernmentBranches | Legislative(House and Senate) | Executive(President and VicePresident) | Judicial(Federal and Supreme Courts) | Self-Government | | | | | Separation of Powers | X | X | X | X | Checks andBalances | | | | | Analysis Separation of Powers ensures that no one branch of government exceeds in authority over any one of the other two branches. An unequal level of