The United States has always been unique in it’s form of government. Through the centuries it has evolved and changed into the system we call government today, but one thing has remained constant: no one individual or governing body has absolute power.
Since our earliest days of government, our country’s leaders have tried to be sure we had an insurance policy, so to speak, in matters of leadership and decision making. This system of “checks and balances” and “separation of power” will, in theory, ensure that no one person can run wild. I think a perfect example of this would be Adolph Hitler. Hitler had no overseeing bodies to keep him under control….no “insurance policy” to kick in when he got out of control. The results were disastrous as we all well know. While this is a radical example of what can happen, power is a potent drug. Yet another reason that situations of power need to be governed.
Luckily, our founding fathers and the framers of our Constitution recognized that these systems were imperative. They were concerned that direct democracy, which would involve debate and voting from all citizens, would lead to mob rule(Levin-Waldman, 2012, ch1)/The simple protocols they enacted long ago are still in effect and evident today.
This past election has been one of the most controversial, as well as the most highly publicized and debated, in our county’s history. Months later the arguments still rage on. Many of these arguments center around our President, and what he will and/or will not do. Whether or not the current President is the one you voted for, his powers are still limited by our system of government. Ultimately, he really can not just do the things he wants or promised. For example, the President can not just declare war. The Congress actually oversees this. And if the President gets out of control or does things detrimental to our country, the Congress can impeach him. The Senate also plays in here. The requirement for the Senate's advice...