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  • Separation of Powers – Articles of the Constitution

    by Founder on December 29, 2008

    in History Lessons

    The first three Articles of the Constitution have to do with the Separation of Powers within the government. This was an attempt by our founding fathers at assuring that no one branch of our government would ever amass and hold too much power.

    Article I – The Legislative Branch – This branch includes the elected representatives of the people. It is where laws are proposed, debated and voted up or down. This branch can pass legislation for the President to sign into law. Yet, this is also an excellent example of the checks and balances put into place because for instance, the Legislature has the authority to override a Presidential veto and -

    • The President can appoint government administrators and regulators but many are subject to approval by the Legislative branch.
    • The President makes appointments to sit on Federal Courts – which is also is subject to Legislative approval.
    • Federal Judges and Supreme Court Justices can overturn laws approved by the Legislative Branch – if they are ruled unconstitutional.

    Article II – The Executive Branch – This includes the President and the Vice President and defines their authority.

    Article III – The Judicial Branch - This Article sets forth the Federal Court System which includes the Supreme Court. It outlines the rules for appointing Judges and clearly establishes the authority of the courts.

    To understand how our government works and how it was intended to work, It is important that you know these first three Articles and their significance. These first three Articles set up the framework for our government and legal system.

    Learn about these basics to the Constitution and teach this information to the children and youth of our society. You and I owe it to these young people to pass on a free society with the chance to pursue their own happiness and prosperity with no limits to either.

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