Learning Goal: I’m working on a English multi-part question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
The two most important issues in the Constitution were representation and power. Recently these are again at the forefront as we experienced what many historians call a constitutional crisis with the expansion of presidential power versus the power of Congress and the failure or limits of constitutional checks and balances. We have also seen challenges to the rule of law (ex. Jan 6 capitol), and debates over constitutional interpretation (Texas limits on abortion rights). Clearly, our Constitution remains critical to who we are. Please write 5 different paragraphs.
Respond to the following:
What are the most important powers of Congress and the President?
what do you think are the most important “checks and balances?”
Why did the founders fear both unlimited executive power and unruly, uninformed citizens?
Use the book, please not outside resources: Foner, Eric, Give Me Liberty!, Vol. 1, 6th ed., W.W. Norton: get EITHER the full edition
Vol. 1 OR the Seagull Edition Vol. 1. Make sure it is the 6th.
Length: 5 paragraph Each part
The first question is divided into two sections. The first section discusses all important powers of
the president and those of Congress as indicated in the constitution. Though this does not cover the extent of their powers, the listed powers are the most crucial to learning about the government.
The second part indicates the limit to their power. While they constitute grants both the
president and the congress a lot of power, such powers need to check as indicated in the second section. While this section does not cover the reasons why those powers need to be checked, it covers extensively some of the events that took place as a result of two bodies exercising their power
This section discusses why there was a need to check the powers of the president and congress. The constitution did not make them helpless, but it meant to ensure there would never be as harsh a ruling government as the British.
The section also highlights some of the incidents that occurred to unruly and uninformed
citizens. Politicians easily sway such citizens to reap havoc.