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How is power divided in the United States government? - Belinda Stutzman

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-is-power-divided-in-the-united-states-government-belinda-stutzman Article II of the United States Constitution allows for three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), along with a system of checks and balances should any branch get too powerful. Belinda Stutzman breaks down each branch and its constitutionally-entitled powers. Lesson by Belinda Stutzman, animation by Johnny Chew.
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Paras Singh (5 hours ago)
I'm here after Trump's presidency to figure out things.. 😂
Xbear Statstat (8 days ago)
This help me on homework
Kevin Moran Mazariego (8 days ago)
HellRazer (16 days ago)
K Josh (1 month ago)
I am from India and I appreciate FOUNDERS of US constitution, for there unbiased structure of administration.
hmlnr splqe (13 days ago)
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Allisson Arias (1 month ago)
prachi khushlani (1 month ago)
The narrator should say he/she when they're referring to the president.
hmlnr splqe (13 days ago)
https://youtu.be/X43HieKvsFg https://youtu.be/1oO0_1oS_oU
Darius Dalton (1 month ago)
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Arsenio Pascual (2 months ago)
hey u tell ur president to stay away to our philippine president our president its not a puppy our president have dignity like ur president jfk ur preaident ia puppy to ur government he die like kennedy if he contrast to ur government pls atay away with us we are repairing our country
CaliMeatWagon Gaming (2 months ago)
"our democracy..." STOP! We are not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic that uses democratic process. It is not the same thing as a Democracy. And in fact a Democracy is one of the most dangerous forms of government.
GuildBankLooter (2 months ago)
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Alexis Wolf (2 months ago)
Is this video too advanced for 5th graders?
feixbix (3 months ago)
Please show this to Mr. Trump
richard baker (3 months ago)
the rich rule the poor just in a different manor
Moses (3 months ago)
For your information: The United States is NOT a Democracy. It is in fact a Republic. Please get your facts straight before you publish.
Marlon Moncrieffe (16 days ago)
Shut up with that! We're both a republic AND a (representative) democracy!
Moses (1 month ago)
Yep! It is most likely a duck. Although ducks do come in many forms. But it is still a duck. Super great reply. Thank you. Have a grand day.
Robert Jarman (2 months ago)
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and behaves like a duck, even if it doesn't claim to be a duck, I'm pretty sure it's a duck.
Silviana (3 months ago)
Great video thanks!
Elephant Grass (5 months ago)
I love the sound of laptop mics.
Abid Zaidi (5 months ago)
As someone that's from the UK where the political system is MUCH simpler than the US', this video helped a lot! Thanks!
april plays MSO (5 months ago)
Tysm, I'm studying for an government test, so tysm again and also great editing!
King Valya 2.0 (5 months ago)
xXRedLineXx (5 months ago)
Nah, the CIA is more powerful than the president.
hmlnr splqe (13 days ago)
Galaxy (6 months ago)
Forced to watch this and was not helpful, disliked.
Sebastian (6 months ago)
Wow Trump is still president though :O
Jacob Deleon (6 months ago)
AlreadyDeath666 (6 months ago)
What about the articles of confederation?
Sarah R S N (6 months ago)
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Anthony Clark (7 months ago)
i friking hate ted ed lol
disability.2677 Pickett (7 months ago)
Thesevpeople have lodges billions of knives in my body making it hard to turn and bend
Anthony Clark (7 months ago)
your joke wasnt funny
disability.2677 Pickett (7 months ago)
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Lacrimosa Requiem (7 months ago)
as a non-American this video was so helpful to understand the basics. thanks.
David Vaquerano (8 months ago)
And intelligent?? Knowledge does not imply intelligence. I liked the video right until that last line.
Marcin Mazurek (8 months ago)
We should probably stop circulating the falsehood that the President has any real power, it seems to have given our Congress the wrong impression.
Billy (9 months ago)
The government in America is a criminal Enterprise, and it will continue to be! People need to stand up to it together! This is where true freedom begins and tyranny ends!!!
ed z (9 months ago)
wonderful instead of one king with all the powers in the country now with our current system we have 500 people with all the powers in the country against the people good luck killing 500 people it was better just to kill one king now you have to kill 500 to 1000 people to get control of your country now. what a joke of a system
A Rox (9 months ago)
3:06 "Our Democracy" is that right?
Salvatore Escoti (9 months ago)
So at State level is the State Goveremtn or the Federal goverment more Powerful? For Example in Hawaii... What Powerd does the Hawaiian goverenmt have that the Federal goveremnt doesnt?
Chase Cetta (9 months ago)
Very concise video. One error: the United States of America is NOT a democracy, but a constitutional federal republic. The difference: In a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters. In a "pure democracy," the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority.
ULTRATHEGREAT (11 months ago)
Made in 2013 but looks like Donald Trump
GayorNot (1 year ago)
I just want to know an example of an Organized Government! D:<
MyBlackcat123456 (1 year ago)
ASER ox (1 year ago)
0:38 who is the third one
Alex Ballesta (1 year ago)
Renee Palmer (1 year ago)
the founding fathers said Republic NOT democracy, they hated that !!
Addison Benedict (1 year ago)
hi im at school
Muhammad Mujtaba (1 year ago)
Presidential form of govt is better than parliamentary form of govt.
Matthew Walker (1 year ago)
4 million people to make the executive branch work...?.. Thats your answer.. You figure 535 people, even 1000 Congress person (s) compared to 4 MILLION PEOPLE !! NO chance! !
Belinda Stutzman (2 months ago)
The executive branch employs many . It's about 2.7 million civilians and 1.6 million military, roughly 1.5% of the US population. Congress is part of the legislative branch, FYI.
Arch Passerine (1 year ago)
Very useful.
BowLongshot (1 year ago)
Im being forced to watch this by my teacher HELP
The No U Virus (1 year ago)
what does jfk stands for? john fuckin kennady
Brock McClain (1 year ago)
0:23 Ho Lee Fuk! TED-Ed predicted da future!
Long live America, his lord the world🙌
Blue Moose (1 year ago)
Great starter piece. Fun and informative. Democracy vs Republic now if you get a chance. I think the American people need an even more rudimentary understanding of WHY we do government the way we do in order to understand what it is they really want changed.
Taylor Prophete (1 year ago)
0:23 is the trump? they updated
badrya alamri (2 months ago)
AN ORIGINAL BREAKFAST!! U cant update a vid. U can only update the title.
Louy 1882 (1 year ago)
information management
Fay Ryuujin (1 year ago)
the founding fathers fucked up because they didn't factor in how fucking stupid and lazy people are, so we have a corrupt system run by $$
Mariella Cruto (1 year ago)
David Esparza (1 year ago)
"our democracy depends on a informed citizenship". Trump supporters I'm looking at you right now.🤓🤓🤓🤓🤡🤡🤡🤡
MINT The super gal (1 year ago)
finally, a unbiased video
Manu Pottermore (1 year ago)
Nicole Diblasio (1 year ago)
Straight Up (1 year ago)
America is a corporation of different agencies exploiting human rights, natural resources and information.
Payal Chakraborty (1 year ago)
add a video on Indian government as well please!
Christopher Merry (1 year ago)
please read the document you are trying to inform others about. Supreme Court justices re not appointed for life. according to the constitution "The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour," meaning they can be removed from office. the judicial branch is not a "coequal branch" this is why they were housed in the capital building for the 1st almost 200 years of their existence. lastly the Constitution does not give the Supreme Court the power to determine constitutionality of laws passed by congress. the supreme court actually gave itself this ability in marbury vs madison.
Leave Blank (1 year ago)
Somebody tag Donald trump xD
Ragnarok Sora (1 year ago)
thank you guys. every since the USA potus elections I needed a dose of some sanity.
Tamra Adams (1 year ago)
vaac3057670 (1 year ago)
What happens when all 3 branches conspire to screw the people?
admiraahasanovic (1 year ago)
Not even American But I miss Obama
Educated Gal (1 year ago)
Great video!!! Thanks
Jack Davies (Student) (1 year ago)
Mach 97 (1 year ago)
4 M? Really? That's more than 1% of the US population.
Carla Farfan (1 year ago)
Thx now I can do my homework lol
Joseph Hansen (1 year ago)
poop trump
Stella Maris (1 year ago)
The Federal Government of the United States is the national government of the United States, a republic in North America, composed of 50 states, one district, Washington, D.C. (the nation's capital), and several territories. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.
francis giamanis (1 year ago)
Casey Pei (1 year ago)
How was this animation done?
Kyrra Morin (1 year ago)
yeah, world.  what do ou think of trump, and him begin in the Begining of this video?
phoebeturnr (1 year ago)
Actually, the Founding Fathers were responsible for the Declaration of Independence. The people responsible for the Constitution are known as the Framers. You messed that up in the video. Just saying. - 1:13
Ae Norist (1 year ago)
"You can be involved. informed, and intelligent" Or, y´know, you could be a Trumpist and facist by ignorance, and basically destroy the country by stupididy. Well done.
Coastfog (1 year ago)
Did anyone send this to #45 yet?
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
Wow, Trump's in the thumbnail
Catrasho (1 year ago)
Now ,why Trump thinks like he is on top of everyone ?
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
Because he is now
Milkshake1212 (1 year ago)
This video predicted trump becoming president😱😱😱
EL MEXICAN MALCOM X (1 year ago)
knowing a profoundly sick society politics doesn't make you intelligent it makes you an ignorant conformist that deserves its tryranney
Oliver Celis (1 year ago)
TED-Ed can you please tell me who is the leader of the legislative branch... i need the answer for today or tomorrow...
Ralph Latham (1 year ago)
This would be much more suitable if it had subs. Lots of non native - and even native - speakers cannot understand that high speed chatter.
Adam Sadiq (1 year ago)
Aslamo Alikum, peace and blessings of God be upon you. We are all brothers and sisters and children of one man Adam and one woman Eve. All people belong to God and God belongs to all of them. All people come from God and go back to God, so all are One. We are all in same boat and in same train which starts from God and ends at God. One of the God’s name is Ahsan-al-Khaliqeen which means whatever God created is extremely beautiful and excellent. So we are all beautiful and excellent. The beautiful girls and guys all around us in this world are nothing but our beloved sisters and brothers. Not only we humans are just one family but all the angels, all the devils, all the plants, all the animals, all the mountains, all the winds, all the oceans, all the insects, all the birds, earth, sun, moon, all the stars, all the planets, all the galaxies, all this universe and everything inside it is just one family created by God and there is nothing like God and none equals to God in anyway. He is All-Loving, All-Forgiving, All-Knowing, All-Merciful, All-Gracious, All-Wise and All-Powerful. So we have a very big family. May God forgive all of us and unite all of us in His love and mercy and in His obedience. If we will be thankful to God and obey Him, this world will become a paradise. And on Day of Judgment, God will give us even a bigger paradise so beautiful and lovely that we cannot imagine where all of us will live in joy and pleasure forever. Please never forget to say many thanks to God and praise Him all your days and nights and ask for His forgiveness all the time. God wants we love others like we love ourselves. Ameen. Jazak Allah. :)
Mr. Narwhal (1 year ago)
Why does the little doll president look like Trump even though this video was published in 2013
Piyush Nichat (1 year ago)
Too much power is centred in the hands of US President. Bush imposed war on Iraq single handedly. And you think power is decentralised well in US.
Henry Sullivan (1 year ago)
Piyush Nichat the president can eend out troops since he is in charge of the military but congress can declare war
SwaichCity (1 year ago)
ThankYou! This is will help to kill my Political Exam Tomorrow!
Kyo Shiroma (1 year ago)
hahahaah this is just theory!!!
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
A politics theory
pakistan Zindabad (1 year ago)
please American government help Kashimari People from India? Indian have two faces one shows whole word that they are peaceful country but they are not. Indian army occupied Kashmir they have killed more than 200000.00 thousand innocent kids, Women and mens since 1947. Whole world need to push India to give kashimire people freedom Indian army keep killing innocent kashimire people every day just before URI attack in India they were freedom fighter kashimire people not Pakistani people. India is the biggest terrorist keep killing innocent kashimire people every day. India always blame Pakistan even dog dies in India
jay gartner (1 year ago)
Oregon the state with 4 branchs of goverment , read thier constition, leg, exct, aministraion , judicial.. so wake up the exc and the admin have the powers of all 3..good bye freedom and good bye america
TopherFM (1 year ago)
3:05 "Our 'Democracy' depends on an informed citizenry". Sadly, the 4th (and unnamed) Branch of the US Federal Government has become the press. And they have, as of late, proven to go above and beyond to poison the minds of said citizenry. Doing everything they can via propaganda to influence their "awareness" of the state of affairs in the US government and it's standing in the world. It's pretty sad.
Prince Asprince (1 year ago)
that orange boy in the beginning looks like donald trump.
I learned this in school!!!!😅
BillyBoi (1 year ago)
the guy in the thumbnail looks like Donald Trump
Night Watcher (1 year ago)
Make one on mexican goverment power structure

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