Evaluation of the U.S Goverment
By: Sadie Farnworth
Form a More Perfect Union
Insure Domestic Tranquility
"The Real Problem
Illegal immigration into the United States is massive in scale. More than 10 million undocumented aliens currently reside in the U.S., and that population is growing by 700,000 per year. On one hand, the presence of so many aliens is a powerful testament to the attractiveness of America. On the other hand, it is a sign of how dangerously open our borders are."
An example of the issues arising with insuring domestic tranquility is the problem of illegal immigration. This is described in the above paragraph taken from an article published by the heritage foundation. It explains how our borders are weak, and lack the security necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States. The article also explains how America currently holds over 10 million illegal immigrants, and how that number of illegal people is affecting our society. This issue mainly involves the judicial and executive branches because they are currently trying to create new immigration laws.
Provide For the Common Defense
Promote the General Welfare
"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 39 fellow Republicans are attempting to use a rarely used legislative tactic to block planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards that would limit the amount of carbon new power plants can emit."-Fox News
This article is showing the feud between banning the use of coal plants as well as carbon power. Obama and his administration believe that creating a new law which restricts the amount of carbon power plants can emit will allow the United States to have cleaner air. They are trying to limit the amount of waste that goes into the air, however, most republicans disagree with them, and believe that coal is a more efficient use and that creating greenhouse gas standards would only cause more issues to arise. This also requires the use of all three branches for the same reasons as the above paragraph.
Secure the Blessings of Liberty
Based on the fact that the United States government does not do a good job of keeping our union formed, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of our liberties, I give the United States government a B-. Our government does not do an efficient job in maintaining peace between the federal and state governments, which can be shown in the battle against legalizing marijuana. The fact that certain states have overridden federal laws against selling and using marijuana tells you that our government is not as strong as it should be. However, the local governments are normally decent at enforcing laws set by the federal government. Our government is also very proficient at establishing justice in our society. This was evident in the fact that the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, a well-known terrorist in the United States, was still given a free trial despite his relation to Osama. Another piece of the preamble that our government is enforcing well is insuring domestic tranquility as well as peace at home. Providing for the common defense is also a skill of our government. Our armed forces are the reason our country is so sovereign and influential in the world. They keep conflict such as terrorist attacks as well as wars from occurring in our country. However, some may say that security at our airports goes above and beyond what should be done. For example, at airports, the TSA often pat down young children even though they do not look suspicious. Promoting the general welfare is something else that the government does not do a proficient job at. The laws they are creating now do not so much benefit the people of the United States as it benefits the government. For example, the new increase of minimum wage would only damper businesses as well as raise taxes on businesses. Similarly, the new law on limiting the use of carbon from power plants could cost companies a lot of money, and could hurt the employees working there. The final part of the preamble that the government is not enforcing well is securing the blessings of liberty. They have been trying to take away guns, which people believe are their right to own. Similarly, gay marriages are not recognized by multiple states, which infringes upon their right to marry. Because the government has not been protecting our rights, providing us with services, or managing conflict within our country well, their letter grade has dropped from an A to a B- because they are not doing an efficient job of performing the tasks our founding fathers expected the United States government to do.