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Keystone Pipeline

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For several years, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to Texas, has been stuck in political debates. The Obama administration has been dragging its feet for years on a decision to move forward, so many members of government are taking actions to their own hands. A bill passed last year called H.R.3 –Northern Route Approval Act, called to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by forcing President Obama’s hand. John Locke I believe would side with the members of Congress in forcing the President to approving the pipeline. Locke’s ideas helped created our form of government by calling separation of legislative and executive powers. Base on Obama’s actions Locke would agree that this bill is needed because he is ignoring his duty. However Locke’s idea of separation of powers is different from ours, given what he wrote, there is proof that he would be slide with those wanting to force the President’s hand in this issue.
John Locke’s ideas of separation of power is a lot different from our idea. Locke believed in a limited monarch, and we clearly do not. The American government is created about 100 years after Locke, too. There is not balance of powers in Locke, but more sharing. What Locke is talking about is what is needed in the state of nature and how to place it in a society. Still, from what he writes in his book, Second Treatise of Government, one can realize that he would support forcing President Obama’s hand. One reason why is because of his support of Majority rule. President Obama has really not taken a stand on the controversial Keystone pipeline, because he would upset his base if he approves it but hurt red-state Democrats who support it. Congress support is. R...

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...believes executive power should be. The bill continues states that an “executive order or provision of law, no Presidential permit shall be required for the pipeline” to make sure the Obama administration does not make a joke of the law.
Looking over this evidence it is clear that Locke would approve of the what is Congress is trying to do. If Locke lived now, he would agree that the President should be powerful, he did lived under a monarchy, but delaying something for political reasons is wrong. With his believe in Majority rule, would be enough. There should be some divisions between the two. Locke and our idea of separations of powers are different but he would agree that certain powers should be left to those needed to carry out those actions. If one fails in doing so, like the President, the people, in this case Congress has the right to act on their own.
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