20 Aug Essential Things Every American Should Know About How Your Country Works
The world’s oldest democracy faces election every four years, and campaigns begin for the post of the president. It is considered a great honour to be president of the United States of America. Still, the citizens are mostly unaware of things happening around them in their own country and in places around the globe. The election campaign is savage, and it makes you forget the very core principles on which this country was founded. Time and again institutions like the Centre of Political Studies at the University of Michigan, the Forbes magazine and multiple news columns describe the American voter as an uninformed entity, who votes without the knowledge of what the party stands for, what are the objectives of the candidate and what changes is he promising. There are two main parties in the political sphere namely, the democrats and the republicans, and the Democrats are known to be a party which support liberal policies on immigration, abortion, the abolishment of arms, military and healthcare. In contrast, the Republicans are more conservative in nature and want capitalization to progress, and they work on privatisation of all governmental bodies and systems.
The US congress is all-powerful.
The United States of America is run on a federal structure which allows each state to make its decisions and create laws according to the culture and people of that state. On a national level, the country is run and controlled by the House of Representatives which comprises of candidates from each state depending on the population and demographics, also known as the lower house. The Senate has a total of 100 members, two from each state despite the size and population, each senator serves a term of six years and the United States Senate is also known as the upper house. The Senate draws its powers from Article One of the constitution of the United States of America. Its powers are enumerated in Article One of the U.S. Constitution.
President is a dummy.
The president is not as powerful as the congress, and he is only the commander of the US military and defence, he cannot make laws, pass bills and change taxations regulations by himself. All bills are supposed to originate in The House of Representatives or the Senate depending on the kind of bill. The congress and the Senate work as a government think tank and advice the president on matters of International relations, defence strategies, economic development and ratification of treaties. The judicial system of the United States of America is dependent on the Senate, all justices of the Supreme court of the country need to approve by the Senate, and the case is the same for ambassadors in other countries.
America is one of the most influential nations in the world, Noam Chomsky; a political philosopher says that after the end of the cold war, there were only two superpowers, the United States of America and the world public opinion. Americans need to be more careful while voting and choosing a new leader as it not only impacts their lives but brings at stake the progress of the world.