Green 1 Angel Green
American National Government
4 December 2013
Is American Democracy Working? American democracy is one of the very calm kinds of government in the world while it is a long way from ideal. The American democracy in which we exist has several strengths and weaknesses. Neither strengths or weaknesses out weigh one another, however it is important to have both due to the changing definitions. A democracy is a government that is run by the people. The politicians that we elect to run our government are human and are subject to errors based on their own strengths and weaknesses. The strengths and weaknesses they hold are reflected into our government but at least "we the people" elect them and they are not elected for us. The present understanding of checks and balances is that the government is divided into independent and distinctive branches. All branches are able with certain precautions to prevent against concentration and misuse of power. The idea of checks and balances has been generally effected in a variety of constitutional governments, including the United States, where powers are distributed between three branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial. Illustrations of checks and balances in the U.S. Constitution include: the president can veto legislation passed by Congress, however Congress can reverse that veto with a 2/3 vote; the president commands the army however Congress pronounces war and takes funds; the president appoints justices to the Supreme Court, but only with the approval of the Senate; Congress and the president can pass laws, however the Supreme Court can work-to-rule those laws down as unconstitutional. However...
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