U.S. History: The Three Branches Of Government

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U. S. History: The Three Branches of Government HIS/301 01-23-2012 In 1787, The United States Founding Fathers arranged the Constitutional Convention to address the obvious issues that the Articles of the Confederation failed to manage. During the convention, the delegates discussed the importance of establishing a new form of government that would include a division of powers within, but would remain equal. Under the notion of forming a new government, some of the delegates proposed a system of government called “Federalism” which would involve three branches of separate power within. The three branches would include the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branch. Federalism, combined with the three governing branches, allowed for the states and central government to balance equal but separate power. Within this paper, I will attempt to explain the three branches of government, discuss the history and the formation of branches, provide their interactions within the system, discuss their successfulness, the characterizations of the branches then and now, and present possible ideas for a more efficient constitution. Before one can completely understand the sole purpose behind why the forefathers of the United States were compelled to form and divide a new government into three separate branches, one should become familiar with the meanings and functions of each branch. The Executive branch of the government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land (USA.gov 2000-2012). The functions of law under the Executive branch, is administered and enforced by the United States President, who is first elected by the citizens of the country. To help the president enforce laws, other departments are involved including the vice president, cabinet members, and independent agencies. In order for the president to have laws to enforce, the
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