32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?

Who is the Commander in Chief of the military - The President

the President The Founding Fathers strongly believed in republican ideals. A republic is a government where a country’s political power comes from the citizens, not the rulers, and is put into use by representatives elected by the citizens. That is why they made the president the commander in chief. They wanted a civilian selected by […]

17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress - Senate and House of Representatives

the Senate and House (of Representatives) Congress is divided into two parts—the Senate and the House of Representatives. Because it has two “chambers,” the U.S. Congress is known as a “bicameral” legislature. The system of checks and balances works in Congress. Specific powers are assigned to each of these chambers. For example, only the Senate […]

15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

Who is in charge of the executive branch - The President

The President The job of the executive branch is to carry out, or execute, federal laws and enforce laws passed by Congress. The head of the executive branch is the president. The president is both the head of state and the head of government. The president’s powers include the ability to sign treaties with other […]

14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

checks and balances - separation of powers

checks and balances separation of powers The Constitution separates the government’s power into three branches to prevent one person or group from having too much power. The separation of government into three branches creates a system of checks and balances. This means that each branch can block, or threaten to block, the actions of the […]