Three things have become clear to me recently:
A number of Americans, especially those on the right of the political
spectrum, do not understand about the different powers and
responsibilities of the three branches of the U.S. Federal government
(legislative, executive, and judicial). They seem particularly clueless
about the whole concept of checks and balances.
Too few Americans, especially those on the right of the political
spectrum, have actually read the U. S. Constitution, and fewer still
truly understand it.
America desperately needs to improve American studies and civics
education, since far too many Americans seem to lack a basic
understanding of how their government actually works.
Recent events indicate that some Americans are in desperate need of civics lessons. They seem to believe that personal religious beliefs trump constitutional prohibitions against the government of the United States establishing a
religion. They seem to believe that government employees in the United States may use their powers
to impose their religious beliefs on others. Personally, I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America (i.e. the law of the land in the U.S. of A), specifically THIS:
I also believe in the incorporation doctrine, which says that, through
the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, select provisions of
the Bill of Rights apply to state governments as well as to the Federal
Additionally, it's not that hard to understand the part the Supreme Court plays in
the whole system of checks and balances. It's so easy kids could learn
From the Congress for Kids site: