The United States Government

1099 WordsFeb 29, 20165 Pages
For some people, it is difficult to understand how the United States government is laid out, what the three branches of the government are, or how they are different from one another. Those people may not understand how each branch keeps one another in line or how their duties are divided. Each branch has its own individual set of responsibilities and duties to make sure the government is run precisely and that the rights of the citizens are respected. Learning about the three branches further beckons to discuss the separation of powers as well as implied and inherent powers. These powers may also be difficult or impossible to understand when reading about them in legal terms, or on government information. This misunderstanding can lead to poor decision making or an indifference to knowledge about the government system of our country altogether. It is vital in our society that we are educated and able to make intelligent decisions. It is our civic duty to be well versed so that we may vote and participate in the government set up for us, “for the people.” The United States Constitution creates the three branches of government with a built-in system of checks and balances so that no one single group could gain an unfair amount of control over the other two. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches are created to create and impose the laws governing this country while keeping one another in check. Will McLennan, in his article, "Divided We Conquer: Why Divided
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