U.s. Constitution And The Constitution

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When the U.S. constitution was first signed 1776, it established a system of checks and balances, and a distinct separation of powers amongst the three branches of government. But, even with this system of checks and balances in place, it is evident that the 3 branches are not equal, and that congress is significantly more powerful than both the executive and judicial branches of government. Ultimately, the U.S. congress is the strongest branch of government because of its vast amount of enumerated powers including the elastic clause, which allows congress to pass all necessary and proper laws to carry out its enumerated powers, and due to judicial and executive branches’ limited ability to check congress’s power. In article 1, section 8 of the constitution; it establishes congress’s enumerated powers. Just from this list of powers alone it is clear that the Framers intended for the legislative branch of government to be the most energetic and most powerful. Congress has the power to make laws, spend and raise money without the approval of the other branches of government, and to even declare war. Amongst these powers, congress also has many others, but these are just the main enumerated powers that congress has. Now, what makes congress so powerful in addition to its vast amount of enumerated powers is the fact that the other branches of government have relatively little power in checking the legislative branch and its powers. For example, under the power to make laws, the
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