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How Does the Separation of Powers and the System of Checks a

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Molly Higgins

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of How Does the Separation of Powers and the System of Checks a

Separation of Powers
How Does the Separation of Powers and the System of Checks and Balances Prevent the Abuse of Power in American Government?

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What about the Future?
A system in which powers are separated between different groups of administration to prevent the rule of a singular, overly-powerful government.
What is the system of separation of powers?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the checks and balances system?

By Molly Higgins and Jake Weissgold

With each branch of government checking on the others, the amount of power in each branch is fairly balanced.

Articles I, II, and III of the Constitution distinctly state all of the ways in which each branch can check on the others,
The process of creating a law today is extremely complicated.

The process can take months or even years to be completed.

Law allowing all citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, and gender.
"Our Broken Constitution" by Jeffrey Toobin (CNN senior legal analyst)












Examples of Checks And Balances
Our Government is SUPER dependant on these Balances
What is this this concept?
How dependant is our government on this system?
Example 1
The President has the power to Veto(Strongly oppose) a bill brought to him.
The Legislature may hen override his veto with a two thirds vote.
This is very uncommon and has only happened 110 times in the entirety of the US government (under the constitution)
Side note-
Recently the Legislature had an argumnt about Fillibusters
What is a Fillibuster?
What was the argument?
How does this connect?
Example 2
Presidential appoinments
Legislatural approval
Where this comes into play
Example 3
The Courts have the power to claim any act unconstitutional
The case needs to be challeneged before the court will do this.
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