For any bill to become a law, both houses of Congress must have a majority vote of approval for it to move on to the next step of legislation. Also, just like the Framers envisioned in 1787, representative government serves as a check on the rest of government, therefore preventing tyranny. Finally, Congress has the power to impeach the president, which is one of the defining powers that sets the United States apart from other countries. We citizens can also help preserve this culture of liberty in our own ways. It can be as small as just exercising our birth rights as U.S. citizens.
Citizens should be encouraged to embrace their citizenship, and not merely as a duty, but as a meaningful opportunity to participate in their own government for the sake of common good and in building the culture of life. In addition, it is an exercise of significant individual power. Now, most Americans will tell you that our politicians have all the power, but I disagree. Although it is true that our politicians do make the laws, here in the United States of America, the people have the authority. If an individual does not vote, then that individual cannot argue or comment on the outcome of what our politicians do.
Most of the time landowners were wealthy white men. Americans began to question this representation only to land. In Article two, there is an angry essay that was in the Maryland newspaper arguing for free suffrage. The powerful article disputes that the government should be formed by the authority of the people and asks why half the state is excluded. The letter showed passion and anger towards the government, persuading the audience that the poor man has "equal claim to all privileges, liberties, and immunities with every [one] of his fellow countrymen…" This letter particularly stood out due to the passionate advocate for free suffrage.
Stating this country cannot survive being divided as further evidence on his fight for equality by mentioning Abraham Lincoln. King cites the Constitution by quoting Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal ..." (573). His purpose is to reinforce his argument with quotations from respected people in the political, religious, and philosophic fields. He illustrates the evidence to justify why each of his equals should compel with the authority of the Supreme Court. An important element of this letter is that he achieves his appeal for nonviolent protest and unity.
are having their constitutional rights being kept from them which is a serious violation of the inalienable rights guaranteed to every American citizen. With the right to vote being the most important right in a free country, having the right taken away due to the complications of bureaucracy and the polarization of our political parties should make any responsible citizen confused or disgusted. Washington D.C. should be granted statehood because it passes all the requirements for it besides approval from corrupt and broken legislative body. However, there is hope, since we are a democracy, know your next congressman’s stance on this debate and maybe we can restore the American way of life to 600,000 silenced citizens. Works Cited Davis Jr., DeWitt.
Daniele Posch Voice of Democracy Speech November 4, 2012 APUSH The Relevance of the Constitution in Modern Society It was once stated by Henry Clay that, “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.” The Constitution was created to govern America for eternity. People in America value the Constitution and believe in its legitimacy. Also, the Constitution frames our country until this day. No one would be able to create a better document for America. Our Constitution is still very relevant; considering, since the year of 1781, all still abide by this ratified document.
For the likes of Lincoln, Pericles and Thomas Paine it is a denial of the democratic ideal to assert that democracy should centre around the activity of political leaders and that, once elected, such leaders should be left alone to take the important decisions on our behalf. Proponents of this aggregative model of democracy, such as Max Weber, argue that, ‘Democracy means the people electing a leader and then that leader telling the people to shut up’. Aggregative democracy treats citizens largely as voters whose preferences are already given and merely need to be aggregated through the mechanisms of electoral representation. Indeed there are currently many citizens of the Banbridge District Council area who believe that their local Councillors have adopted Weber’s view to democracy as little or no public deliberation takes place on important Council issues in between elections. This essay argues that the decision by the Council to unilaterally reduce the collection of ‘Black bins’ from once a fortnight to once a month without any public deliberation is a very localised example of Weber’s view of democracy.
Limited government's responsibility and gave the individual convinced rights that neither the government nor majority could infringe on. The Constitution was initially written without the Bill of Rights and many Founding Fathers would not sign it since they feared that the federal government would be too powerful. It is important because each citizen should know the background of each rule in their country and the history between the decisions that the leaders and politicians made through the past. In conclusion, the bill of rights has a huge importance and impact in the life of an US citizen. It l help you to be politically active; helps to address significant issues and show the history of the systems through decisions as giving the states more defined rights.
As such, it constitutes a definitive recognition not only of universally held rights but is also a statement that implies recognition of a divine power greater than that of any government When Thomas Jefferson asserted the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence, he was influenced by the writings of Henry Home, Lord Kames. The second fundamental principle of the United States Constitution is Self-Government. Self-government is the most important principle in the Constitution of the United States. The Founding Fathers saw that they needed to have a system which would make sure that everyone had a voice in the local, state and national governments. They wanted to have a system that could be changed when necessary.
The Importance of Voting Voting is a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision; especially: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office. The question is why is it important to vote? Being able to vote was not a right. Everyone could not vote centuries ago until 1971 when the Twenty-Sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 and gave all Americans the right to vote. Many fought for, marched for, and died for over the ability to vote centuries ago; but several key reasons will explain why voting is such an important thing to do.