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Ahmed Smith
AP Government
Mrs. Sanders
May 6, 2013
4th Quarter Paper

Federalism and Checks and Balances limits the powers of national government. Federalism is used to separate the power between state and national government. Federalism limits the power of the national government by dividing power between national and state governments. By doing this it limits the authority of the national government. The US uses a system in which state and federal governments work together to enforce policies. By the state and federal government working together it limits the national government. For example, President Obama may want to know what the state government believes. Therefore his power is limited to the states.

Checks and balances helps to limit the executive branch. The executive branch is checked by the Judicial and Legislative branches, this is done so every branch can have equal power. Judicial branch has the power to say that the executive branch are making unconstitutional laws. The legislative branch can also overrule the presidents veto on such laws. Checks and balances help to limit the power of the Executive branch.

Some of the National government laws are limited by the Bill of Rights. For example, the establishment clause. The establishment clause is a clause that says the government cant set a religion for a country. Theirs a separation between church and state. The government must be in the middle with any religion establishment.

The guarantee of a public trial is another one. This puts limits on the power of the federal government, it makes the government responsible for public opinion There are no such laws that protect the governments actions. The government must be aware of what information they give out during court cases.

The process of selective incorporation serves to limit the powers of the state governments. selective incorporation is the process when the Bill of rights were nationalized. Selective incorporation made states...
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