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U.S. Government - Exam 1 Essay Questions

U.S. Government - Exam 1 Essay Questions - QUESTION 1 HOW...

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QUESTION 1 – HOW THE FRAMERS DISTRUST OF EXCESSIVE POWER IN THE HANDS OF INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS IS REFLECTED IN THE GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE PRESENTED IN THE CONSTITUTION Separation of Powers Three branches of government Legislative, Executive, Judicial Framers were not interested in giving perfectly equal power but specific powers Checks and Balances The creation of this system allowed Framers to minimize the treat of tyranny from one branch Legislative Checks : Executive Impeach the president Reject legislation or funding president wants Refuse to confirm nominees or approve treaties Override presidents veto by 2/3 vote Judicial Change the number and jurisdiction of federal courts Impeach federal judges Propose constitutional amendments to override judicial decisions Executive Checks : Legislative Veto legislation Call Congress into special session Implement (or fail to implement) laws passed by Congress Judicial Appoint federal judges Refuse to implement decisions Judicial Checks : Legislative Rule federal and state laws unconstitutional Executive
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Declare executive branch actions unconstitutional Chief Justice presides over impeachment trial
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