noun, plural de·moc·ra·cies.
government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
a state having such a form of government:
The United States and Canada are democracies.
a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
The United States is a Democracy, but much of what people are fighting for is Socialism which would require the restructuring of our government.
Studying the government is a complicated manner, but if you start from the beginning and move forward it’s a bit easier. Much of the difficulty comes in when things were changed, added and removed, which isn’t an easy task and it’s not supposed to be. Graduating in 1988 makes me a bit of a relic when it comes to what I was taught but the government is still the same. What has changed is feelings. The government, wasn’t created to run on feelings though.
Interesting Fact: Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution.
There are 3 Branches of the US Government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Today I want to discuss the Executive Branch.
The Executive Branch is the part of government that enforces the law. The President is the leader of the executive branch, including the armed forces. This does NOT mean the president can make law, but it does mean that he can sign or veto potential laws sent to him by Legislative Branch.
The president, can however, make executive order to enforce the laws of the country. An example of this today would be the illegal aliens in our country. Law states, you must have a passport or a visa (papers) and must follow the laws of this country, or you can be expelled. It also means that the president can send the National Guard or other troops to our borders to keep them out. In other words, if you want to allow illegal aliens and their families in the US you have to change the law. What Trump is doing may not set well with someone, but the only way to stop it is to change the law, and you MUST do that through the Legislative Branch. Much of the reason there is so much protest over immigration at the moment is because this president is trying to enforce the Federal Law, while many past presidents past didn’t.
The president does have jurisdiction over many different departments (labor, commerce, education, etc) in the government which is why he appoints his cabinet, who are there to help guide the president. We still have a say in the appointed people though because the Senate must confirm these people. Just as the president nominates federal judges and judges for the Supreme Court, they too must be confirmed. No one person has the magic wand to put these people in position. If you are unhappy with confirmed judges and cabinet members the place for you to start is with your state vote or midterm elections.
This is also why it’s so important to send letters to your Senators and Congressmen, so that the people we elect KNOW where we stand. Not where we stand as individuals, but as a whole. Their job is to gather the letters and put them in groups on where they stand and then reading them, calling the writers to make sure that what their stance or problem is on a subject so that they can properly represent you and the people of their state.
A side note here: We are separate states and this is very important because the things that affect me do not affect the people of say California the same way. In Michigan we’re the Great Lakes State and I’m worried about the protection of the Great Lakes, while people of California lack fresh water and so they see Michigan as a great source for fresh water. <–Example
Presidents can be elected for up to 2 – 4 year terms in office, though it is possible for them to serve longer in the case of the previous president’s assassination, but not to exceed a total of 10 years. This is not part of the original Constitution it is the 22 Amendment passed in 1951 after WWII and FDR was elected for 3 terms.
At a different point I will explain the Electoral College and it’s why and how. It’s rather complicated and it’s own subject.
Wrapping this up I do want to encourage everyone to vote in November. I don’t care who you vote for that is between you and the voting booth. None of us should be shamed for how we vote, though if you don’t you’ve lost your voice.