POS-301: Principles and Articles of the United States Constitution Worksheet Christina Olexy Grand Canyon University- POS-301 Professor Sedille 11/16/2018 Part I: Principles of the Constitution The constitution consists of some primary principles. Briefly explain the following principles and their significance in shaping American government. Self-Government: Self-government played a role in shaping American government by allowing individuals the freedom to do what they want as long as they follow the government’s rules. Separation of Powers: “It holds that liberty is best preserved if the three functions of government- legislation, law enforcement, and adjudication- are in different hands” (Separation of Powers). Checks and Balances: Checks and balances were set into play to ensure that no single branch exerts or gains too much power. This helped shape American government by ensuring that one branch cannot automatically pass a law without running it through the other branches and abusing their power. Part II: Balance of Power In the space below, write an analysis of approximately 250 words on how the system of checks and balances in the federal government helps to limit the concentration of power. Cite specific examples. Defend your rationale. Utilize the required readings, academic websites, and the GCU Library as resources for this assignment. The purpose for checks and balances was to ensure that not one branch of government is allowed too much power and prevent tyranny. The judicial, executive, and legislative branches can exercise their powers that can be checked by the powers given to the other two branches. Congress can impeach both members of the other two branches, the president can check the judiciary through the power of appointment, the Supreme Court can declare laws
or presidential actions unconstitutional, and more. However, the power of the executive branch has expanded since the 19 th century. This has disrupted the initial balance intended by the framers (History.com, 2018). The president can veto certain bills and laws, congress can override these vetoes, reject presidential appointments, and judicial rulings against legislative or executive actions. This in turn can get very heated and cause controversy between the
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