“When a President makes a treaty (bargain) with another country, it doesn’t really start until 2/3 of the Senate (67 members) approve it. If the President feels Congress is being too big of a problem so that he can’t get things done, he can call a news conference or go on television and talk directly to the people. Truman (a Democrat) had problems with the 80th Congress (which had mainly Republican members). He rode all over the nation by train telling the people how little this Congress had done. The people listened and voted some new congressmen into office.” (trumanlibrary.org, 2011)
Hence, in conclusion, some of the key principles upon which the structure of our government is designed are “separation of powers”, “checks and balances”, “strong centralized government”, etc. Each branch has its own exclusive responsibilities toward the people of the country but they also co-operate and counteract each other to make sure that the “rights of citizens are not ignored or disallowed. This is done through checks and balances. A branch may use its powers to check the powers of the other two in order to maintain a balance of power among the three branches of government.” (bensguide.gpo.gov, 2011)
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