Political Process Paper

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“In government the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such manner as that each may be a check on the other that the private interest of every individual may be a sentinel over the public rights.” -James Madison

What president Madison ment was that the three branches come together and check and have some powers over each other so not one branch overpowers us people. The federal system of checks and balances keeps the executive, judicial and legislative branches from having too much power of each other. The process of checks and balances in our three branches is important because if we didn’t have them one branch would overpower all of congress and over power us people making it that we didn't have any rights.
In each of the three branches they all have at least one power over the other two branches. In the Legislative branch the power they have over the executive branch is that they can impeach and veto the president. This means congress is allowed to remove the president if that is best for the country. One time this happened was the year of 1998, president Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Lewinsky scandal. Clinton was Acquitted (freed from any criminal charge) February 12th 1999. The power the legislative branch has over the judicial branch is that they control the spending of money. This means that congress has the power over the spending of money. A time this happened was as the year of 2009, the government had a bailout (is an act of giving money to failing businesses to save it from foreclosure) and gave the Bank of America forty-five billion dollars but they didn’t give this money all at one time they give small amounts over a decade. Thes...

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