There are many aspects of the law that we learned in school that we might not remember. For example, if I were to ask you what the three branches of government were, and what each branch did, could you explain each of them to me? Many people want to say yes, but when it comes down to knowing the information they aren’t so sure.
Many people know what the senate and the supreme court are, and who the president is. But if you were to ask them to describe exactly what a supreme court justice does, or what a senator does, they might not be able to tell you.
In the fifth grade, we learned that there are three branches of government and what each one does. But fifth grade was a long time ago, and I know that I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday half the time.
The legislative branch of government is the branch that is responsible for making the laws. The house of representatives, the senate, and congress all make up the legislative branch. The judicial branch, which is composed of the supreme court and any other federal courts, is responsible for evaluating the laws. And finally, the executive branch, including the President, Vice President, and their cabinet members is the branch of government that is responsible for carrying out the laws.
The founding fathers, which are the men that wrote The Constitution, wanted to make sure that they created a blueprint for a government in which no one person ever had too much control. The government that they created, the one we are currently using today, has a series of checks and balances within it. The constitution provides the separation of power and the three separate branches that are needed.
Each branch of government has their own responsibilities, but at the same time, they must work together to make sure that the country runs smoothly at all times. These branches must also ensure that no citizen’s rights are being ignored or disallowed.
Each branch can check another branches power and balance things out if need be. This maintains an even distribution of power between the three branches.
Each branch can also overturn acts done by the others. Congress can remove the president if the situation arises and also reject presidential nominations. The president can veto a law that Congress is trying to pass. And the supreme court – the members of which are appointed by the president but approved by Congress – can overturn laws they deem to be unconstitutional.
Remembering everything we learned in school is hard. We are there for almost the majority of our childhoods where we spend our time learning. But let’s be honest, what we really wanted to be doing was playing outside with our friends. So It’s no surprise that we do not remember everything that was taught to us. But knowing the branches of our government and what each one does is something that is vital for us to remember.