The Importance Of Checks And Balances

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The constitution states, “...in order to form a more perfect union...and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves....establish this Constitution for the United States.” By stating these lines it willed the founding fathers and diverse figures in history to build the foundations of the government today (Constitution, Preamble). Throughout the years, there have been multiple cases when the United States citizens fought for independence, equality, and freedom. Which is why influential figures have shaped and polished the government with laws, systems, and branches. A system that has substantially shaped the government is Checks and Balances, it helps by allowing each branch of government to amend or veto acts of another branch so as to prevent …show more content…
The Legislative branch includes Congress, Congress consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each branch has it’s role in ensuring that the system continues functioning properly for the citizens of the United States. The central objective for the Legislative branch is to create or alter existing laws to further benefit the people. For limitation purposes the Legislative branch has many regulations and powers to keep the other branches in ‘check’. Such as “The House of Representatives...shall have the sole power of impeachment....The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments.” by having the bicameral Legislature work together in limiting the the other branches it has the power to impeach a federal official (Doc.1). Including the president or a justice of the Supreme Court, which means to bring charges of possible wrong-doing. Once an official is impeached, a trial is conducted within the Senate which decides if the individual is innocent or guilty. This power limits both the Judicial branch and Executive branch, by prosecuting corruption at the source it protects the people from suffering through unfairness. An example of the Legislative branch impeaching a official is Elbridge Gerry, who was the reason for the term “gerrymandering”, ‘Gerry’ from his name and ‘mander’ …show more content…
Hence, the Judicial branch includes criminal and civil courts which assist in resolving disputes between groups. A goal of the Judicial branch is to interpret the United States Constitution and comparing it to the laws. While there are a lot of areas to cover throughout the government, the three branches split them up perfectly especially with the help of the system of Checks and Balances. In most cases the Judicial branch is the overseer, who formulates which side is fair and to clarify the rules. Equivalently the central of the Judicial branch is the Supreme Court, even though there are other courts, the Supreme Court is the utmost top court and no other can challenge it. There are nine justices who sit at the top, the odd number is to decrease the occurrence of ties during cases. Even though the Judicial branch has its own powers it also has limits, such as the other branches keeping in check the nomination and appointment process. The actual people who make up the judicial branch, “..the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States.” (Doc.2) . This gives the other branches of government a significant choice of determining what kind of people will work for the Judicial branch. This is

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