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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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sarah June (9 days ago)
House of cards
John Gilmour (17 days ago)
The whole United States Government in my opinion, is "THEATER"Nothing is real but the people being shielded from the truth, in order to promote their propaganda!
Mustafa Kaldy (23 days ago)
i feel the thumbnail predicted trump 😅😅
Zviad Goglodze (1 month ago)
Good job!
omega (1 month ago)
fortnite
Quad Thomas (1 month ago)
Thank God and Jesus for our United States government!!😀😆😆🌈
Beth_bws (1 month ago)
Well here’s me revising last minute for my modern studies prelim
SEFA UYSAL (1 month ago)
If the Turkish soldier enters the war you will only enter the tomb🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷
Acrostreet JA (1 month ago)
Thank you.
Unamused A. Hole (1 month ago)
These tyrants want to arrest me for speaking my mind and treat me like a criminal. It's kind of hard to be patriotic anymore. I never condoned violence matter the fact I want to open up new markets for us if I had the power so we would not war.
Benjamin Loison (1 month ago)
I am alone to have checked if the Speed switched by itself on 2.0 ? x) (you speak quite too fast for someone who doesn't know at all how does US political system works)
Destiny Zayvon (1 month ago)
jump of the roof and kill yourself actually i should go and jump of the roof and kill myself thank you my teacher sent me hear and i hate school I'm in seventh grade and hate school most of my life is playing fortnite and using my mothers credit card I'm a shut in u have a good life and be happy I'm so sorry i hate myself
Sam Fischer (1 month ago)
Listen up, you think that they tell us the truth about certain subjects? They most certainly do not. Do not listen to them. They lie. Do not listen to them. I have a message for the US Federal Government, you may hide truthful information from the public for only so long only to have it revealed eventually. I am a messenger from God. Tell us what we need to know now. Not later.
saurabh vaidya (2 months ago)
Power is greater than money. -Francis Underwood
Pugs For Life (20 days ago)
It really is though, house of cards right ;)
Karl (2 months ago)
Balance of power is the reason nations prosper. The view of Big governement has been fought by the founders and look at the result. Develloped nations of europe and else have adopted this system. America is a model for the world.
Juanita Sullivan (2 months ago)
Great explanation. Thank you.
Le Revenant (2 months ago)
3:17 I don't think that will ever happen because I'm not American and I don't even live or have plans to live in the U.S.
megatron29 (2 months ago)
Trump 2020
Zosia Jenks (2 months ago)
thanks!
Jack Becker (2 months ago)
learning this for exams in nz not even close to america
Vasting (20 days ago)
thats pretty hilarious
Paras Singh (2 months ago)
I'm here after Trump's presidency to figure out things.. 😂
Xbear Moo (3 months ago)
This help me on homework
Kevin Moran Mazariego (3 months ago)
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HellRazer (3 months ago)
"Keeeeeeeeng"
K Josh (3 months ago)
I am from India and I appreciate FOUNDERS of US constitution, for there unbiased structure of administration.
devh Ivtk (3 months ago)
https://youtu.be/z_468yoZoGQ https://youtu.be/1oO0_1oS_oU
Allisson Arias (4 months ago)
good
prachi khushlani (4 months ago)
The narrator should say he/she when they're referring to the president.
devh Ivtk (3 months ago)
https://youtu.be/X43HieKvsFg https://youtu.be/1oO0_1oS_oU
Darius Dalton (4 months ago)
Presidents Congress - House - Senate Supreme Court Justices Cabinet White House Military
Hmm...
Arsenio Pascual (4 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 (5 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.
Romain Savioz (2 months ago)
Nope it isn't
GuildBankLooter (5 months ago)
TRUMP 2020
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Alexis Wolf (5 months ago)
Is this video too advanced for 5th graders?
feixbix (6 months ago)
Please show this to Mr. Trump
richard baker (6 months ago)
the rich rule the poor just in a different manor
M J (6 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 (3 months ago)
Shut up with that! We're both a republic AND a (representative) democracy!
M J (4 months 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 (4 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 (6 months ago)
Great video thanks!
Elephant Grass (8 months ago)
I love the sound of laptop mics.
Abid Zaidi (8 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!
Azula Quaza (1 month ago)
Not really, your PM does absolutely nothing
Just A Loser (8 months ago)
Tysm, I'm studying for an government test, so tysm again and also great editing!
King Valya 2.0 (8 months ago)
#unapip
xXRedLineXx (8 months ago)
Nah, the CIA is more powerful than the president.
devh Ivtk (3 months ago)
https://youtu.be/X43HieKvsFg
G41axyX (8 months ago)
Forced to watch this and was not helpful, disliked.
Sebastian Guerra (8 months ago)
Wow Trump is still president though :O
Jacob Deleon (9 months ago)
yawn
AlreadyDeath666 (9 months ago)
What about the articles of confederation?
Sarah R S N (9 months ago)
ههههه كل الذين يحكمون امريكا هم اليهود
Anthony Clark (10 months ago)
i friking hate ted ed lol
disability.2677 Pickett (10 months ago)
Thesevpeople have lodges billions of knives in my body making it hard to turn and bend
Anthony Clark (10 months ago)
your joke wasnt funny
disability.2677 Pickett (10 months ago)
He has been trying to do this dincemlast night as a citzen I have the right to do what I wsnt with my hair please zi am teying yo save my life can you cover up my hair do he cant get yo it he eill not dtop tourching me heis scaring me stating ge will challenge anybody to get my hair but why is he challenging people over my hsmair he foes not have the right to do this you havento stop this man right now before I die from him
Lacrimosa Requiem (10 months ago)
as a non-American this video was so helpful to understand the basics. thanks.
David Vaquerano (11 months ago)
And intelligent?? Knowledge does not imply intelligence. I liked the video right until that last line.
Marcin Mazurek (11 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
3:06 "Our Democracy" is that right?
Salvatore Escoti (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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)
hi
ASER ox (1 year ago)
0:38 who is the third one
Alex Ballesta (1 year ago)
Thanks
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 (5 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
IT'S TIME TO STOP OK? (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 (5 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)
HAMILTON PEOPLE WHERE YOU AT
David Esparza (1 year ago)
"our democracy depends on a informed citizenship". Trump supporters I'm looking at you right now.🤓🤓🤓🤓🤡🤡🤡🤡
Mint Tee (1 year ago)
finally, a unbiased video
Manu Pottermore (1 year ago)
hi
Nicole Diblasio (1 year ago)
boring
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)
no
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)
:D
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)
ALL THAT SHIT YOU TALKING GOES INTO WINDHURST/GONGAGA AFFAIRS most likey is NEW ORLEANS ...DO YALL HEAR WHAT THE FUCK I SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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

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