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3 Branch Essay

  • Date Submitted: 12/18/2012 07:08 PM
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III Branches
The founding fathers designed the Constitution with three branches of government. They were created because at that time the fear of a tyranny still existed. To prevent the abuse of power the separation of powers were created. They are known as the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branch. The separation of powers has a system of checks and balances which each branch checks each other so not one gets to powerful than the other. Of the three branches, the Legislative branch retains its preeminent position. The Legislative branch has the power to impeach the president and remove him or her from office, veto a bill or law, and be able to override that veto, and they also have the power of the purse.
Removing an official from office is a two stop process. A formal accusation, or impeachment, by the House of Representatives and a trial and conviction by the senate. Since the creation of the Constitution there has only been two presidents who have been impeachment. Andrew Johnson the seventeenth chief executive, and William J. Clinton the forty-second. Andrew Johnson proved the the legislative branch is powerful because of the actions he took. He vetoed the Civil rights bill and opposed the fourteenth amendment. He had lack of concern for ex-slaves and congress impeached Johnston, and to weaken the presidency, congress immediately passed a bill which prohibited the president from dismissing office holders without the Senate's approval. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Congress also holds the Power of the Purse. This basically means that not one dime cant be spent from the federal treasury without congress approval. Congress can and will if needed, stop the president from doing anything he or she has the legal right to do by not funding his engagements. For example, the President is...


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