⋆POLITICAL EDUCATION⋆

WHETHER BLACK, BROWN OR WHITE

FOR PATRIOTS AT HOME AND ABROAD

FOR FUTURE CITIZENS OF OUR NATION

AN IRON EMPIRE

OF LIBERTY

THIS WE'LL DEFEND


I. CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC

Our government derives its authority from its citizens. This is called democracy. The word comes from the Greek words demos (the people) and kratos (authority). Thus, democracy means government by the people - not government by one person like in a monarchy or dictatorship. The United States is a representative democracy. The difference between a direct and representative democracy is that in a direct democracy all citizens come together to discuss and pass laws and select rulers whereas a representative democracy is characterized by elected people who exercise governmental powers. Plato used the term republic for a representative democracy. Therefore, we are a constitutional republic, meaning that those who exercise these powers do so as a result of winning free and frequent elections.

THIS WE'LL DEFEND


II. CONSTITUTIONALISM

Our democracy is based on the Constitution, a set of arrangements such as the system of checks and balances (separation of powers), the rule of law as well as holding those who are elected accountable for how they exercise their powers. Our government has three branches: The legislative branch is the congress. It passes laws, approves federal budget, has the ability to override presidential veto by two-thirds vote of both houses and can propose constitutional amendments to counter Supreme Court rulings. The executive branch is basically the president who can propose laws, veto laws and who has the ability to call special sessions of Congress. The president can appeal directly to the public and has the right to pardon people who are convicted of federal crimes. Furthermore, the president nominates officers of the U.S. government and federal judges. The third branch is the judicial branch which can declare executive actions and laws unconstitutional. The checks and balances system is a constitutional grant of powers that enables each of the three branches to check some acts of the others and therefore ensure that no branch can dominate or overuse its powers. Politicians in the House of Representatives (legislative branch) are elected for a term of two years. Members of the Senate (legislative branch) are elected for a term of six years. The president is elected to serve a four-year term and can be reelected for another four-year term. Judges (judicial branch) are elected for a life-term.

THIS WE'LL DEFEND


III. FEDERALISM

Federalism is a constitutional arrangement whereby power is distributed between a central government and subdivisional governments, called U.S. States. The national and the subdivisional governments both exercise direct authority over the people. Federalism is well suited to the needs of a heterogeneous people spread from sea to shining sea.

Go against one of U S

you go against all of U.S.

God Bless the

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