The People Have Been Proud For Over 200 Years

1599 Words Dec 9th, 2015 7 Pages
We the American people have been proud for over 200 years in our constitution and we continue to tell ourselves that we are privileged to live in the “home of the free”. Tyrants cannot rise to power here because our constitution and the structure of our government doesn’t allow it. Tyrants live and prosper in places like North Korea, Nazi Germany, and Afghanistan, torturing their inhabitants under their rule. However, critics of our system imply that the implementing action can be difficult and sometimes impossible. Impossible because the system, particularly when faced with controversial subjects often introduces gridlock. In politics, gridlock is a situation when there is difficulty of passing laws in a legislature, because the votes for and against a proposed law are evenly divided, or the executive branch and the legislature are controlled by different political parties, or otherwise cannot agree. So, we start seeing our president in alarming rates bypass Congress with executive agreements, sending troops into countries without declarations of war, and executive orders. In turn, we see an everlasting dispute over the intended separation of powers between the president and Congress. In Article I, Clause I of the Constitution states “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States” yet we still see overstepping of this boundary. The president is also the commander in chief, but Congress alone has the right to declare war. The…
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