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Checks and Balances

I think that our system of government could always be improved with more power distributed equally. But it seems like the balance is managable currently.

Three Branches: Separate but Equal | Scholastic

Three Branches: Separate but Equal | Scholastic

This article is very simple and designed for children to read. It details the duties of each branch of government. It describes how the Legislative Branch proposes laws, approves treaties by the President, coins money, sets taxes, and declares war. The Executive Branch signs the laws or vetoes them, commands the military, appoints judges, makes treaties, and in general represents the U.S. to other nations. Lastly, the Judicial Branch decides if the law/Presidential action is Constitutional, and reviews different cases throughout the nation to implement Justice through the courts. This seems to have little bias because this is a summary of their description in the Constitution. This is their original purpose written down. In this ideal version, it describes an equal balanced government.

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The Judicial Branch is traditionally the resolver of conflict between the Congress and the Executive Branch, but this article is questioning if the President is too harsh on the Judicial Branch at the moment (written in February). Particularly it is concerning inflamed tweets directed at a judge who reversed aspects of the plan to ban Syrians and people from Muslim-based countries, accusing the entire judicial branch of being "political" and even blaming the judge by name for any future terrorist attacks. The article points out that other Presidents have criticized the judicial branch in the past, but few have claimed that the whole branch was biased or otherwise irrational. In this article's point of view, this is model of government gives the Executive Branch too much power to hold another branch in contempt.

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We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

This is a very different article than the ones I am used to reading. It is a little more extreme in its viewpoints and I found it an interesting read. This article claims that there is no longer three branches of government, separate but equal, but two parties. The author thinks that the executive branch has a lot of power, and that the judicial branch is particular is chosen because of their party and not for justice and open-mindedness. An example of that could be refusing to replace the judge until Trump win the election so that he could choose a Republican judge a few years ago. He declares that Congress can't provide any checks for the Executive Branch in recent years. The president can go to war as long as Congress is notified first, but this appears not to be able permission.
In this model of government this person describes, one branch has far too much power and the two branches are too dependent on it. This is not a very effective model. I don't know if this person is correct about our government, though the author said that he served on Congress for more than ten years and teaches government at college. Though he appears to be an expert in this area, that doesn't mean that he isn't wrong.

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Three Branches: Separate but Equal | Scholastic

Three Branches: Separate but Equal | Scholastic

This article is very simple and designed for children to read. It details the duties of each branch of government. It describes how the Legislative Branch proposes laws, approves treaties by the President, coins money, sets taxes, and declares war. The Executive Branch signs the laws or vetoes them, commands the military, appoints judges, makes treaties, and in general represents the U.S. to other nations. Lastly, the Judicial Branch decides if the law/Presidential action is Constitutional, and reviews different cases throughout the nation to implement Justice through the courts.

Again, this article is probably not that biased since it is summarizing the Constitution's original purposes for each branch of government. In this model, one branch has equal power over the other two branches, and all of them rely on each other. I think this is the ideal model for our government.

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The 3rd Article of the U.S. Constitution

The 3rd Article of the U.S. Constitution

This is detailing about the Judicial Branch as is written in the Constitution. The courts are meant to settle controversies in the U.S., from different states and territories, as long as they are citizens. They are meant to find truth and fact in the laws of Congress to apply them to individual cases and lives. Each trial will be held in the state where the crime was committed. There is, interestingly enough, a whole section dedicated to the definition of treason, which is only starting war against the U.S. or in "giving aid and comfort" to their enemies. Treason requires two witnesses or an open confession in court
This is probably not that biased since it directly from the Constitution about the purpose of the judicial branch. I thought it was interesting that the crime of treason was so detailed but I guess the Founding Fathers were worried about people accusing each other of treason without any cause just to get rid of each other and turn justice into a "patriotic" frenzy.

constitutioncenter.org