The Quality Of The American Government

1394 Words Aug 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Bailey Kelso
Professor Garvin
POLS 101
9 August 2015
The Quality of the American Government

Ever since the government was put in place in America, two fundamental questions have emerged distinctly: how should the government rule its followers? Moreover, what should the government do? America gained independence in 1776 after Richard Henry Lee moved a motion in the Continental Congress requiring Britain to grant the country its independence. The motion was approved on July, 2nd the same year. Thomas Jefferson wrote the declaration of independence, which justified a revolution. Today, historians study and interpret the declaration as a philosophy (Matzke, 14).
Framers of the American Constitution wrote conflict into the constitution intentionally. The Madisonian plan put the system of the separation of powers into place. Each of the three branches of government - Executive, Legislative, and the Judiciary – was supposed to act independently. However, the system checks and balances were put in place to constrain the extremities of each arm, thus, putting power against power to monitor government actions (Matzke, 17).
The above position is still in effect in the modern constitution, and, by extension, the political system. Therefore, public office holders have to integrate issues that affect society on an everyday basis into the policy-making process. For instance, George Bush’s decision to call for military action against terrorists exacerbates opposition from religious groups,…

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