Politics and Government
From democracy to communism, every country on earth has a different political organization. Ask questions about political parties, leaders and history here.
Asked in Politics and Government, Catholicism, Camping
What do you do at church camp?
What are the strengths of autocracy?
Rapid decision-making capability, and little opposition. Also, a great deal can be accomplished in a fairly short period of time. A beneficent dictator can get more done, more quickly, for his subjects. However, it is never possible to ascertain if a beneficent dictator will be followed by a despotic one. Hence, democracy has seemed to be a safer alternative. Then you also have more revolutionary movements which are created when Autocracies are installed such as: Advancements in medical science, military science, depending on the Autocrat in culture too. The strengths in autocracys lay in looking after thr wel being of a small center of indivduals. No Autocracy or dictatorship has ever been able to control a country it economy or the well being and happiness of the country people. the only real strength that lays in an autocracy is that it is able to take care of the autocrats at the expense of those that are not. A man or group of men that have to look after their own Authoritative position first and then be able to make decisions on matters they know nothing of is bound to fail, as is shown again and again throughout history. The shining examples of a forward movement in the arts, philosophy, science etc happened when autocrats and dictators were not involved.
Asked in Politics and Government
What do New Democratic Party believe in?
They lack traditional communist symbolism such as hammers crossed with sickles, but their values are generally quite communist. The NDP is affiliated with Socialist International. Please. The NDP (referring to the Canadian political party) is a center-left party, which espouses many policies which can certainly be called socialist in nature, but they are hardly Communist. They have very populist roots, but certainly hold pro-capitalist economic views as a whole, and mostly espouse an "equality in the eyes of the law" view on social matters, with a bent towards promoting a society with a moderate level of wealth distribution, rather than on where wealth is highly concentrated. Check out the official NDP party web site for yourself.
Why is foreign policy so important?
The world is increasingly inter-connected or "globalized" as some might say. We are no longer a handful of individual states. In large part we rely on one another for both economic and military support. How the rest of the world views one state is very important. Harsh foreign policy is often coupled with military action or economic embargoes. One might suggest that we shouldn't be complicated with foreign policy and not deal with the complications of other countries and become isolationist. What these people don't realize is that the very act of becoming isolationist is in fact foreign policy.
How a Presidentail candidate can lose the overall popular vote and still become president?
Who decides the presidency in case of a tie?
In the US, it would be difficult for this to happen due to the way the election process works. However, in the event that no candidate receives a simple majority of the electoral vote (much more likely, and in fact it's happened twice), the president is determined by vote in the House of Representatives, with each state, regardless of the number of representatives, having only one vote.
Is Muammar al-Gaddafi still alive?
What are the three branches of US government?
There are three main branches in the United States Government: The executive, the legislative and the judicial. The legislative branch of government is made up of Congress and other governmental agencies. The Constitution gave this branch the power to make laws. The Congress has two parts: The House of Representatives and The Senate. The main function of the legislative branch is to enact laws and to exercise control over government action. The Executive Branch makes sure the laws are obeyed. The President is the head of this branch. The Executive Branch of government is responsible for delivering programs and services to the population within the framework of laws, expenditures, and tax measures approved by Legislature. The Judicial Branch of government is made up of the court systems. The highest court is the Supreme Court. The courts decide arguments, constitutionality of laws, and how they are applied. So: 1. Legislative branch - (Congress) 2. Executive branch (The President) 3. Judicial branch (Supreme Court) Executive, Judicial, and the Legislative branch.
Asked in Politics and Government
What is Party Solidarity?
Party Solidarity: Once a decision is made by the PM and Cabinet every member of the party is expected to publically support that decision and vote accordingly Punishment for breaking Party solidarity can be removal from comitties, lack of support for rival, removal from Party etc... If the MP wants power or a Cabinet position, they follow Party Solidarity Civics...Unit Test Review...
Asked in Politics and Government, US Constitution
Which amendment addressed the right to bear arms?
The second amendment states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.">The second; A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.. The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The first 10 Amendments are collectively called the Bill of Rights. The people of the United States form a militia that is able to keep guns to protect the freedoms of our United States. In the formal military we took an oath to "protect our country against all enemies foreign and domestic." This should also be the role of the militia.
Asked in Politics and Government, Bill of Rights
Who argued that a congressional ban on slavery in the territories would violate the Fifth Amendment?
Asked in Politics and Government, US Presidents
Who was the President of the United States in 1813?
James Madison was the President of the United States in 1813. James Madison (born March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia; died June 28, 1836 in Montpelier, Virginia) succeeded Thomas Jefferson as the fourth President of the United States, serving between March 4, 1809 and March 4, 1817, including the whole of the year 1813.
What is the order of US presidential succession?
Vice President Speaker of the House President Pro Tempore of the Senate Secretary of State Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Defense Attorney General Secretary of the Interior Secretary of Agriculture Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary of Transportation Secretary of Energy Secretary of Education Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Homeland Security Note that that if the vice-president becomes president or otherwise vacates his office, a new vice-president would be chosen as soon as possible. This list would be used only if both the president and vice-president died within a very short time period. Note also that if the holder of one these offices is not qualified to be president, then he will be skipped over in the list. This list is according to congressional guidelines passed in 1947, The Constitution sets forth the guidelines for presidential succession. In the event that the president dies or is removed from office, the vice president takes the oath of office and becomes the new president. He or she then appoints a new vice president, subject to congressional approval. The Constitution gives Congress the right to decide the order of presidential succession in the event that both the elected president and vice president die or are removed from office. The 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, passed in 1967, provides for procedures to fill vacancies in the Vice Presidency; and further clarifies presidential succession rules. However, the 25th Amendment does omit some critical information concerning presidential succession. There are two different concepts here: a person holding the Executive Office of the President of the United States (the actual president), and a person who is an Acting President (allocated presidential powers). Normally, these are the same person. However, there are a number of common cases where a different person occupies each role. This has important ramifications for the presidential succession. Also, note that any person who may potentially become Acting President must qualify for the presidency (i.e. be a natural born citizen, et al), otherwise, they can never be a temporary president. If such a person holds one of the offices on the succession list, they are passed over to the next person should the need arise. The 25th Amendment only somewhat improves the succession process; it does make clear that the vice president is to assume the office of the president (i.e. become the holder of the office of the president) should the current president die or resign. Article II, Clause 6 of the Constitution was not completely clear if the vice president merely became a temporary president, or actually assume the position of President. The 25th Amendment also provides for a method by which the vice president plus a majority of the Cabinet can temporarily force the president to step aside. In this case, the president retains the office of the president, but the powers of the presidency fall to the vice president, who is now the Acting President. The 25th Amendment also indicates how the president can contest this temporary removal, and possibly regain the powers of the presidency (at which time, the vice president is stripped of his/her allocated powers). The rest of the succession is set by federal law, and is not mentioned by the Constitution (or any Amendment). This law is the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, which attempts to define a complete succession. This law is what states that the succession goes to the Speaker of the House, then the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, then through the Cabinet. However, there are significant ambiguities as to whether the person that now holds the office of the president, or is merely the acting president (while legalistic, this does have some impact on actual law) - most interpretations are they are merely acting president. In addition, none of the documents deal with the all-too-common problems of immediate temporary succession. The 25th Amendment requires a majority of the Cabinet (the principle executive officers of the US) to agree to allow the V.P. to take over should the President still be alive. The Presidential Succession Act mentions "inability" as one qualifier to allow for succession to take place, but that has never been defined: The president is seriously injured, but still alive The president is unconscious, but alive The president cannot be reached, but is assumed to still be alive The president is taken hostage The president is presumed dead, but there is still the possibility he is alive There is not a current majority of the Cabinet available (either enough of them have died, or they cannot be contacted effectively) The president is dead (or alive, but not functioning), and the vice president is unavailable in any way. There is no vice president and the president goes insane (or, suffers a mental breakdown, mental illness, etc.) In all of these cases, there is no functioning Acting President - the current holder of the office of the president has not relinquished it, and no law allows for a quick (temporary) assumption by someone else. These problems are serious. For, with no one as Acting President, the military chain of command has no leader, no legislation can be passed, and other severe consequences. A common example is an attempted Presidential Assassination. For instance: when President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley in 1981, Reagan was immediately rushed to the hospital, unconscious. In the mean time, it took quite a number of hours before Vice President George H.W. Bush (who was flying back to Washington, D.C. on Air Force Two) was able to assemble enough of the Cabinet to allow him to assume the powers of Acting President. Given that this was in the depth of the Cold War, the United States was without a leader for 6-10 hours. The fundamental issue is that there is no current method for allowing the next person in the succession to immediately take over unless the one ahead of them is dead. The rest of the succession policies take considerable time, during which no one has the authority of Acting President.
Asked in Politics and Government
What is consensual government?
Consensual is a Government that serves you -- we elect who serve as (the elite) the people are granted with rights, and the government protects the people from the government trough the constitution. In consensual government system there are different political parties and there is freedom of speech. arm
Background of leon trotsky?
Leon Bronstein was born in the Southern Ukraine on October 26, 1879, the son of a Jewish farmer. He moved to Odessa at age 9 to live with relatives and attend a prestigious private school. After graduation, he entered Odessa University. Leon was attracted to radical politics. The level of violence and discontent began to rise along the Russian countryside, brought on largely by Russian failure in the Russo-Japanese war and Bloody Sunday. "He was drawn into an underground socialist circle and introduced to Marxism"- Encyclopedia Britannica. Trotsky was soon organizing the Southern Russian Workers Union, which led to his first arrest and exile to Siberia."Though Trotsky was forced into exile, the unripeness of the authoritatian form of government spared his life for fifteen years."- Paul Mattick. While in exile, Leon married Alexandra Sokolovskaya, a Marxist radical who bore him two daughters. Leon escaped two years later and left his family behind. From then on, Leon assumed the last name Trotsky. He went to England where he met Vladimir Lenin, instigator of the Communist Revolution. Trotsky attended the Second Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Party where he broke from Lenin. Lenin's faction of the RSDP was the Bolsheviks, or majority; the other half was the Mensheviks or minority. Trotsky harshly criticised Lenin's committee policy as a slippery slope to dictatorship. Lenin's idea of forgoing democracy in order to ensure equality was emblematic of his philosophy that the end justifies the means. Simply put, all that matters is that the goal is achieved, no matter how one arrives at it. This break would lead to long years of estrangement between the two. In Paris, Trotsky met Natalia Sedova; although they were never married, they lived together until Trotsky's Death. They had two sons - Lyova and Sergey. In 1905, Trotsky traveled to St. Petersburg to play a major role in a revolutionary attempt. Trotsky was a hero to the revolutionists, but the revolution soon collapsed. Trotsky was arrested, but he managed to escape before arriving at Siberia for imprisonment. The Trotsky family then moved to Vienna where he lived until the first World War erupted in 1914. They then moved to Paris. Trotsky wrote articles and edited a newspaper, condemning the imperialist war. The Germans were striving for world domination by force, which Trotsky was wholly against. He felt that communist domination could only work if workers worldwide voluntarily threw off the shackles of their oppressors. Instead, the Soviet Union later would invade Eastern Europe, aggressively overthrowing governments and instituting puppet regimes. Trotsky then bounced around from France to Spain to New York; no government would let him stay for long. During this period, Trotsky was equally critical of the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, but during the war he drifted back to Lenin's side.