Civics 101

Civics Be Crazy

Hello All! Politics is an uncomfortable subject for all of us in this unusual political era. On the brightside what I am talking about here today is NOT politics but civics. A teacher of mine told a story once about teaching in a school in Detroit. She said she worked in inner city schools that were underfunded and over booked. She then said the civics education at that time was better then than it is now. So with that in mind let’s look at the three branches of government!

Branch One: The executive branch. This is the branch that tends to get the most hype. The head if this branch is the president. They carry out the law, are head of the military, and the face of the nation. The president can veto bills and sign executive orders. Under the president there are 15 executive departments, the cabinet, and the Vice President.

Branch Two: The legislative branch. This is the branch that is made of the Senate and the House of Representatives. They are the ones that make laws and approve people into federal positions. They were made to be most representative of the people and change things for the people.

Branch Three: The judicial branch. This is the branch of the courts and of lawyers. They are the ones who say if laws are constitutional, work with criminals, and are the backbone of the country. Without the judicial branch it would be harder to change as a country.

Keep in mind that the branches are built to check each other. After the revolutionary war US citizens really hated the idea of one group having absolute power. To keep any one branch to being all powerful they built in checks. They keep each other safe and in working smoothly like a clock.

Next time we are going to talk about the amendments! Get ready!

Mark Oliver Wizard Goldstein

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