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American Government Has our Political System Succeeded Our political system originally began with the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson on July 4 1776 Following that document were the Articles of Confederation which were adopted in 1777 This was the first attempt to set up a government Then came our Constitution in 1787 which was made into three plans These were the Virginia Plan New Jersey Plan and then the Connecticut compromise The four things our Constitution accomplished were indirect democracy limited government checks and majority rule and an outline of what the different branches of government do Our nations two main parties are Republican and Democrat The Democratic Party was founded in 1828 and our Republican party was founded in 1854 Since 1856 these have been the only major parties Our political system has succeeded in many ways One way would be our checks and balances within the federal government and on a local level Provisions have been made and improved over the years to regulate proper placement of funds and equal rights with citizens The root of our political system begins with congress The main responsibilities of congress are making laws overseeing the FBI and CIA casework representing their districts setting an agenda and conflict resolution Our society has relied upon a bicameral system where there have been a House of Representatives and a Senate for well over 100 years Some of the responsibilities of the House of Representatives include reviewing bills and beginning the impeachment process The Senates duties include giving advice and consenting on treaties conducting impeachment trials and appointing upper-level judicial officers Where I feel our political system has not done so well is with bureaucrats Bureaucracy has some positive aspects like specialization making sure rules and regulations are carried out and neutrality There are two types of bureaucrats The first one is a civil servant who is hired based on merit and the second one is
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