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AP Government and Politics

AP Government and Politics Summer Assignment 201592016 AP Government and Politics requires different thinking and writing skills than you used in U S History Writing for government requires the understanding and analysis of abstract concepts and principles You will depend less on recitation of the facts Throughout the year you will become aware of politics in general and specifically have an opportunity to explore your political self and where you fit into our political world This summer assignment is designed to help you transition from thinking historically to thinking and writing from a political perspective If it s August and you find that you haven t been able to do what it is I m asking of you you are probably in the wrong class THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL Assignment 1 Court cases Research the 40 cases listed below Create a journal in which the following information is recorded A The Constitutional Question that is brought up by the case B Background of the case What the case is about Minimally four to five sentences C Opinion of the court D Long term results What impact did the precedent have The journal should be HAND WRITTEN Students will be expected to be familiar with these court cases as they will be discussed repeatedly during the duration of the course Information for these cases can be found on many reliable sites My favorite is www oyez org www landmarkcases org will also be another useful source Do not rely exclusively on Wikipedia 1 McCulloch v Maryland 1819 17 Regents of California v Bakke 1978 2 Gibbons v Ogden 1824 18 Schenck v United States 1919 3 Plessy v Ferguson 1896 19 Kelo v City of New London 2005 4 Gitlow v New York 1925 20 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern 5 Korematsu v United States 1944 Pennsylvania v Casey 1992 6 Bush v Gore 2000 21 U S v Lopez 1995 7 Mapp v Ohio 1961 22 Baker v Carr 1962 8 Engel v Vitale 1962 23 Clinton v New York 1998 9 Brown v Board of Education 1954 24 Griswold v Connecticut 1965 10 Barron v Baltimore 1833 25 Grutter v Bollinger 2003 related case Gratz v Bollin 11 Tinker v Des Moines 1969 26 Marbury v Madison 1803 12 Lemon v Kurtzman 1973 27 U S v Morrison 2000 13 Roe v Wade 1973 28 Weeks v U S 1914 14 U S v Nixon 1974 29 Wolf v Colorado 1946 15 Buckley v Valeo 1976 30 Gideon v Wainwright 1963 16 Gregg v Georgia 1976
AP Government and Politics  Summer Assignment 201592016    AP Government and Politics requires different thinking and writ...
31 Malloy v Hogan 1964 32 Miranda v Arizona 1966 38 Clinton v Jones 1997 39 Immigration Naturalization Service v Chada 1983 33 Lemon v Kurtzman 1971 34 New York Times Co v Sullivan 1964 40 Webster v Reproductive Health Services 1989 35 Lawrence v Texas 2003 36 McConnell v FEC 2003 37 Clinton v New York City 1998 Assignment 2 The Constitution Read the U S Constitution and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper Please include the question as it will help you to know what you will be studying All work should be typed The Constitution is available at http constitutioncenter org ncc_edc_students aspx Part One The Structure of the Constitution Must be HAND WRITTEN 1 Read each article of the constitution Summarize the general purpose or subject of each article in one sentence Article I Article II Article III Article IV Article V Article VI Article VII 2 What eligibility requirements does the Constitution establish for members of the House 3 What eligibility requirements does the Constitution establish for members of the Senate 4 What eligibility requirements does the Constitution establish for the President 5 The powers of the Constitution that are specifically granted to the branches of the government or to office holders are called express powers a Identify two express powers of the President b What are express powers of the VicekPresident c Identify two express powers of Congress
31. Malloy v Hogan  1964       32. Miranda v Arizona  1966          38. Clinton v Jones  1997       39. Immigration   Natu...
6 According to the principle of checks and balances each branch of government must have control over the other branches Look at the first three articles of the Constitution and identify one of each type for the three branches Indicate where each power is listed in the Constitution a A power that the executive branch has over the legislative branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution b A power that the executive branch has over the judicial branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution c A power that the legislative branch holds over the executive branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution d A power that the legislative branch has over the judicial branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution e A power that the judicial branch has over the executive branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution f A power that the judicial branch has over the legislative branch i This can be found in what Article and Section of the Constitution 7 According to Article I of the Constitution who has the power to declare war 8 What power does the Constitution give the President in the area of war Part Two Majority and Supermajority The Constitution requires a simple majority for some actions and a supermajority for others A simple majority means more than half while supermajority requirements can involve 2 3rds majority or a 3 4ths majority Most elections in the United States require a plurality or the most votes but not necessarily a majority 9 Veto Power a What bodies have the power to override a presidential veto b What margin is required to override a presidential veto c Where in the Constitution is the veto power described Article and Section 10 Ratification a What body has the power to ratify treaties b What margin is required to ratify treaties c Where in the Constitution is the ratification power described Article and Section 11 Impeachment Power a What body has the power to impeach the president b Where in the Constitution is the impeachment power described Article and Section 12 Conviction a What body has the power to convict the president of charges brought against him in the impeachment process and thereby remove him from the presidency b What margin is required to convict and remove a president 13 Nomination Process a What body has the power to accept or reject a president s nomination to the Supreme Court b What margin is required to elevate a president s nominee to a seat on the Court c Where in the Constitution are judicial nominations described 14 Elections a If no candidate for the presidency wins a simple majority of the total electoral votes what body has the power to choose the president b What margin is required to choose the president c Where in the Constitution is the Electoral College described Article and Section there are two parts 15 The Constitution specifies a threekfourths majority for just one process What is that process 16 See Article VI Explain the supremacy clause in your own words 17 What are two ways that amendments to the Constitution can be proposed 18 What are two ways that amendments to the Constitution can be ratified Part Three The Amendments to the Constitution Some parts of the Constitution require a simple majority others a supermajority while still others protect citizens from the will of the majority The first ten amendments to the Constitution the Bill of Rights protect citizens from the will of the majority In other words no majority vote could take these rights away Read each amendment to the Constitution and answer the questions below
6.  According to the principle of checks and balances, each branch of government must have control over the other  branche...
19 For each amendment in the Bill of Rights 1st 10th identify the right s protected 20 Which amendment s to the Constitution protect the right s of women a Summarize what this amendment s to the Constitution says One sentence should suffice 21 Which amendment s to the Constitution protect the rights of minorities 22 How were U S Senators chosen prior to the 17th Amendment 23 The 25th Amendment describes the sequence of events that would install the vicekpresident as acting president against the will of the president Outline the sequence of events 24 How many times is the word privacy mentioned in the Constitution Articles and Amendments Philosophical Underpinnings of American Government Analytical Essay For this part of your summer assignment you need to read five works from the Enlightenment 1600sk1700s that helped serve as the basis for American government in the late 18th century You are to take your understanding of these works and integrate it into it into an analytical essay concerning the roots of American government The focus of the essay is The language and scope of the Virginia Declaration of Rights the Declaration of Independence and ultimately the United State Constitution can be traced back to Locke Montesquieu and Rousseau How did their works heavily influence the writers of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Declaration of Independence And how did all of these writings serve as the philosophical underpinnings of what would become the government of the United States of America In this essay you are to draw from specific parts of each philosopher s writings and connect them to various aspects of American Government which includes not only the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but also what you know about the organization and powers of the United States government embedded in the constitution three branches Bill of Rights etc Minimum Requirements 4k5 Pages doublekspaced Times New Roman or Arial font ONLY Onekinch margins on all sides Simply your name and assignment title AP Government Summer Assignment Proper Citations and works cited listed in MLA format if you use any outside interpreted sources including research of historical context No citations are needed of you only use the sources provided to you
  19.  For each amendment in the Bill of Rights  1st     10th , identify the right s  protected.  20.  Which amendment s  ...
John Locke Excerpts from Second Treatise of Civil Government 1689 Of the State of Nature To understand political power aright and derive it from its original we must consider what estate all men are naturally in and that is a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit within the hounds of the laws of Nature without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man A state also of equality wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal no one having more than another there being nothing more evident than that creatures of the same species and rank promiscuously born to all the same advantages of Nature and the use of the same faculties should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection unless the lord and master of them all should by any manifest declaration of his will set one above another and confer on him by an evident and clear appointment an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty But though this be a state of liberty yet it is not a state of license though man in that state have an uncontrollable liberty to dispose of his person or possessions yet he had not liberty to destroy himself or so much as any creature in his possession but where some nobler use than its bare preservation calls for it The state of Nature has a law of Nature to govern it which obliges everyone and reason which is that law teaches all mankind who will but consult it that being all equal and independent no one ought to harm another in his life health liberty or possessions And being furnished with like faculties sharing all in one community of Nature there cannot be supposed any such subordination among us that may authorize us to destroy one another as if we were made for one another s uses as the inferior ranks of creatures are for ours Everyone as he is bound to preserve himself and not to quit his station willfully so by the like reason when his own preservation comes not in competition ought be as much as he can to preserve the rest of mankind and not unless it be to do justice on an offender take away or impair the life or what tends to the preservation of life the liberty health limb or goods of another And that all men may be restrained from invading others rights and from doing hurt to one another and the law of Nature be observed which willed the peace and preservation of all mankind the execution of the law of Nature is in that state put into every man s hands whereby everyone has a right to punish the transgressors of that law to such a degree as may hinder its violation For the law of Nature would as all other laws that concern men in this world be in vain if there were nobody that in the state of Nature had a power to execute that law and thereby preserve the innocent and restrain offenders and if anyone in the state of Nature may punish another for any evil he has done everyone may do so For in that state of perfect equality where naturally there is no superiority or jurisdiction of one over another what any may do in prosecution of that law everyone must needs have a right to do And thus in the state of Nature one man comes by a power over another but yet no absolute or arbitrary power to use a criminal when he has got him in his hands according to the passionate heats or boundless extravagancy of his own will but only to reattribute him so far as calm reason and conscience dictate what is proportionate to his transgression which is so much as may serve for reparation and restraint Every offence that can be committed in the state of Nature may in the state of Nature be also punished equally and as far forth as it may in a commonwealth For though it would be beside my present purpose to enter here into the particulars of the law of Nature or its measures of punishment yet it is certain there is such a law and that too as intelligible and plain to a rational creature and a studier of that law as the positive laws of commonwealths nay possibly plainer as much as reason is easier to be understood than the fancies and intricate contrivances of men following contrary and hidden interests put into words Of the Ends of Political Society and Government If man in the state of Nature be so free as has been said if he be absolute lord of his own person and possessions equal to the greatest and subject to nobody why will he part with his freedom this empire and subject himself to the dominion and control of any other power To which it is obvious to answer that though in the state of Nature he hath such a right yet the enjoyment of it is very uncertain and constantly exposed to the invasion of others for all being kings as much as he every man his equal and the greater part no strict observers of equity and justice the enjoyment of the property he has in this state is very unsafe very insecure This makes him willing to quit this condition which however free is full of fears and continual dangers and it is not without reason that he seeks out and is willing to join in society with others who are already united or have a mind to unite for the mutual preservation of their lives liberties and estates which I call by the general name property The great and chief end therefore of men uniting into commonwealths and putting themselves under government is the preservation of their property to which in the state of Nature there are many things wanting Firstly there wants an established settled known law received and allowed by common consent to be the standard of right and wrong and the common measure to decide all controversies between them For though the law of Nature be plain and intelligible to all rational creatures yet men being biased by
John Locke  Excerpts from Second Treatise of Civil Government 1689  Of the State of Nature To understand political power a...
their interest as well as ignorant for want of study of it are not apt to allow of it as a law binding to them in the application of it to their particular cases Secondly in the state of Nature there wants a known and indifferent judge with authority to determine all differences according to the established law For everyone in that state being both judge and executioner of the law of Nature men being partial to themselves passion and revenge is very apt to carry them too far and with too much heat in their own cases as well as negligence and unconcernedness make them too remiss in other men Thirdly in the state of Nature there often wants power to back and support the sentence when right and to give it due execution They who by any injustice offended will seldom fail where they are able by force to make good their injustice Such resistance many times makes the punishment dangerous and frequently destructive to those who attempt it Thus mankind notwithstanding all the privileges of the state of Nature being but in an ill condition while they remain in it is quickly driven into society Hence it comes to pass that we seldom find any number of men live any time together in this state The inconveniences that they are therein exposed to by the irregular and uncertain exercise ofthe power every man has of punishing the transgressions of others make them take sanctuary under the established laws of government and therein seek the preservation of their property It is this makes them so willingly give up everyone his single power of punishing to be exercised by such alone as shall be appointed to it amongst them and by such rules as the corn mutiny or those authorized by them to that purpose shall agree on And in this we have the original right and rise of both the legislative and executive power as well as of the governments and societies themselves For in the state of Nature to omit the liberty he has of innocent delights a man has two powers The first is to do whatsoever he thinks fit for the preservation of himself and others within the permission of the law of Nature by which law common to them all he and all the rest of mankind are one community make up one society distinct from all other creatures and were it not for the corruption and viciousness of degenerate men there would be no need for any other no necessity that men should separate from this great and natural community and associate into lesser combinations The other power a man has in the state of Nature is the power to punish the crimes committed against that law Both these he gives up when he joins in a private if I may so call it or particular political society and incorporates into any commonwealth separate from the rest of mankind The first power viz of doing whatsoever he thought fit for the preservation of himself and the rest of mankind he gives up to be regulated by laws made by the society so far forth as the preservation of himself and the rest ofthat society shall require which laws of the society in many things confine the liberty he had by the law of Nature Secondly the power of punishing he wholly gives up and engages his natural force which he might before employ in the execution of the law of Nature by his own single authority as he thought fit to assist the executive power of the society as the law thereof shall require For being now in a new state wherein he is to enjoy many conveniences from the labor assistance and society of others in the same community as well as protection from its whole strength he is to part also with as much of his natural liberty in providing for himself as the good prosperity and safety of the society shall require which is not only necessary but just since the other members of the society do the like But though men when they enter into society give up the equality liberty and executive power they had in the state of Nature into the hands of the society to be so far disposed of by the legislative as the good of the society shall require yet it being only with an intention in every one the better to preserve himself his liberty and property for no rational creature can be supposed to change his condition with an intention to be worse the power of the society or legislative constituted by them can never be supposed to extend farther than the common against those three defects above mentioned that made the state of Nature so unsafe and uneasy And so whoever has the legislative or supreme power of any commonwealth is bound to govern by established standing laws promulgated and known to the people and not by extemporary decrees by indifferent and upright judges who are to decide controversies by those laws and to employ the force of the community at home only in the execution of such laws or abroad to prevent or redress foreign injuries and secure the community from inroads and invasion And all this to be directed to no other end but the peace safety and public good of the people Of the Extent of The Legislative Power The great end of men s entering into society being the enjoyment of their properties in peace and safety and the great instrument and means of that being the laws established in that society the first and fundamental positive law of all commonwealths is the establishing of the legislative power as the first and fundamental natural law which is to govern even the legislative itself is the preservation of the society and as far as will consist with the public good of every person in it This legislative is not only the supreme power of the commonwealth but sacred and unalterable in the hands where the community has once placed it Nor can any edict of anybody else in what form so ever conceived or by what power so ever backed have the force and obligation of a law which has not its sanction from that
their interest, as well as ignorant for want of study of it, are not apt to allow of it as a law binding to them in the ap...
legislative which the public has chosen and appointed it for without this the law could not have that which is absolutely necessary to its being a law the consent of the society over whom nobody can have a power to make laws but by their own consent and by authority received from them These are the bounds which the trust that is put in them by the society and the law of God and Nature have set to the legislative power of every commonwealth in all forms of government First They are to govern by promulgated established laws not to be varied in particular cases but to have one rule for rich and poor for the favorite at Court and the countryman at plough Secondly These laws also ought to be designed for no other end ultimately but the good of the people Thirdly They must not raise taxes on the property of the people without the consent of the people given by themselves or their deputies And this properly concerns only such governments where the legislative is always in being or at least where the people have not reserved any part of the legislative to deputies to be from time to time chosen by themselves Fourthly Legislative neither must nor can transfer the power of making laws to anybody else or place it anywhere but where the people have Of the Dissolution Of Government The constitution of the legislative authority is the first and fundamental act of society whereby provision is made for the continuation of their union under the direction of persons and bonds of laws made by persons authorized thereunto by the consent and appointment of the people without which no one man or number of men amongst them can have authority of making laws that shall be binding to the rest When anyone or more shall take upon them to make laws whom the people have not appointed so to do they make laws without authority which the people are not therefore bound to obey by which means they come again to be out of subjection and may constitute to themselves a new legislative as they think best being in full liberty to resist the force of those who without authority would impose anything upon them Whosoever uses force without right as everyone does in society who does it without law puts himself into a state of war with those against whom he so uses it and in that state all former ties are cancelled all other rights cease and everyone has a right to defend himself and to resist the aggressor Here it is like the common question will be made Who shall he judge whether the prince or legislative act contrary to their trust This perhaps ill affected and factious men may spread amongst the people when the prince only makes use of his due prerogative To this I reply The people shall be judge for who shall be judge whether his trustee or deputy acts well and according to the trust reposed in him but he who deputes him and must by having deputed him have still a power to discard him when he fails in his trust If this be reasonable in particular cases of private men why should it be otherwise in that of the greatest moment where the welfare of millions is concerned and also where the evil if not prevented is greater and the redress very difficult dear and dangerous To conclude The power that every individual gave the society when he entered into it can never revert to the individuals again as long as the society lasts but will always remain in the community because without this there can be no community no commonwealth which is contrary to the original agreement so as when the society hath placed the legislative in any assembly of men to continue in them and their successors with direction and authority for providing such successors the legislative can never revert to the people whilst that government lasts because having provided a legislative with power to continue for ever they have given up their political power to the legislative and cannot resume it But if they have set limits to the duration of their legislative and made this supreme power in any person or assembly only temporary or else when by the miscarriages of those in authority it is forfeited upon the forfeiture of their rulers or at the determination of the time set it reverts to the society and the people have a tight to act as supreme arid continue the legislative in themselves or place it in a new form or new hands as they think good
legislative which the public has chosen and appointed it  for without this the law could not have that which is absolutely...
Jean Jacques Rousseau Excerpt from The Social Contract 1763 Origin and Terms of the Social Contract Man was born free but everywhere he is in chains This man believes that he is the master of others and still he is more of a slave than they are How did that transformation take place I don t know How may the restraints on man become legitimate I do believe I can answer that question At a point in the state of nature when the obstacles to human preservation have become greater than each individual with his own strength can cope with an adequate combination of forces must be the result of men coming together Still each man s power and freedom are his main means of self preservation How is he to put them under the control of others without damaging himself This question might be rephrased How is a method of associating to be found which will defend and protect using the power of all the person and property of each member and still enable each member of the group to obey only himself and to remain as free as before This is the fundamental problem the social contract offers a solution to it The very scope of the action dictates the terms of this contract and renders the least modification of them inadmissible something making them null and void Thus although perhaps they have never been stated in so many words they are the same everywhere and tacitly conceded and recognized everywhere And so it follows that each individual immediately recovers his primitive rights and natural liberties whenever any violation of the social contract occurs and thereby loses the contractual freedom for which he renounced them The social contract s terms when they are well understood can be reduced to a single stipulation the individual member alienates him self totally to the whole community together with all his rights This is first because conditions will be the same for everyone when each individual gives him self totally and secondly because no one will be tempted to make that condition of shared equality worse for other men Once this multitude is united this way into a body an offense against one of its members is an offense against the body politic It would be even less possible to injure the body without its members feeling it Duty and interest thus equally require the two contracting parties to aid each other mutually The individual people should be motivated from their double roles as individuals and members of the body to combine all the advantages which mutual aid offers them Individual Wills and the General Will In reality each individual may have one particular will as a man that is different from or contrary to the general will which he has as a citizen His own particular interest may suggest other things to him than the common interest does His separate naturally independent existence may make him imagine that what he owes to the common cause is an incidental contribution a contribution which will cost him more to give than their failure to receive it would harm the others He may also regard the moral person of the State as an imaginary being since it is not a man and wish to enjoy the rights of a citizen without performing the duties of a subject This unjust attitude could cause the ruin of the body politic if it became widespread enough So that the social pact will not become meaningless words it tacitly includes this commitment which alone gives power to the others Whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be forced to obey it by the whole body politic which means nothing else but that he will be forced to be free This condition is indeed the one which by dedicating each citizen to the fatherland gives him a guarantee against being personally dependent on other individuals It is the condition which all political machinery depends on and which alone makes political undertakings legitimate Without it political actions become absurd tyrannical and subject to the most outrageous abuses Whatever benefits he had in the state of nature but lost in the civil state a man gains more than enough new ones to make up for them His capabilities are put to good use and developed his ideas are enriched his sentiments made more noble and his soul elevated to the extent that if the abuses in this new condition did not often degrade him to a condition lower than the one he left behind he would have to keep blessing this happy moment which snatched him away from his previous state and which made an intelligent being and a man out of a stupid and very limited animal Property Rights In dealing with its members the State controls all their goods under the social contract which serves as the basis for all rights within the State but it controls them only through the right of first holder which individuals convey to the State
Jean Jacques Rousseau  Excerpt from The Social Contract 1763  Origin and Terms of the Social Contract Man was born free, b...
A strange aspect of this act of alienating property rights to the state is that when the community takes on the goods of its members it does not take these goods away from them The community does nothing but assure its members of legitimate possession of goods changing mere claims of possession into real rights and customary use into property Through an act of transfer having advantages for the public but far more for themselves they have so to speak really acquired everything they gave up Indivisible Inalienable Sovereignty The first and most important conclusion from the principles we have established thus far is that the general will alone may direct the forces of the State to achieve the goal for which it was founded the common good Sovereignty is indivisible and is inalienable A will is general or it is not it is that of the whole body of the people or only of one faction In the first instance putting the will into words and force is an act of sovereignty the will becomes law In the second instance it is only a particular will or an administrative action at the very most it is a decree Our political theorists however unable to divide the source of sovereignty divide sovereignty into the ways it is applied They divide it into force and will into legislative power and executive power into the power to tax the judicial power and the power to wage war into internal administration and the power to negotiate with foreign countries Now we see them running these powers together Now they will proceed to separate them They make the sovereign a being of fantasy composed of separate pieces which would be like putting a man together from several bodies one having eyes another arms another feet nothing more Japanese magicians are said to cut up a child before the eyes of spectators then throw the pieces into the air one after the other and then cause the child to drop down reassembled and alive again That is the sort of magic trick our political theorists perform After having dismembered the social body with a trick worthy of a travelling show they reassemble the pieces without anybody knowing how If we follow up in the same way on the other divisions mentioned we find that we are deceived every time we believe we see sovereignty divided We find that the jurisdictions we have thought to be exercised as parts of sovereignty in reality are subordinate to the one sovereign power They presuppose supreme wills which they merely carry out in their jurisdictions Need for Citizen Participation Not Representation It follows from the above that the general will is always in the right and inclines toward the public good but it does not follow that the deliberations of the people always have the same rectitude People always desire what is good but they do not always see what is good You can never corrupt the people but you can often fool them and that is the only time that the people appear to will something bad If assuming that the people were sufficiently informed as they made decisions and that the citizens did not communicate with each other the general will would always be resolved from a great number of small differences and the deliberation would always be good But when blocs are formed associations of parts at the expense of the whole the will of each of these associations will be general as far as its members are concerned but particular as far as the State is concerned Then we may say that there are no longer so many voters as there are men present but as many as there are associations The differences will become less numerous and will yield less general results Finally when one of these associations becomes so strong that it dominates the others you no longer have the sum of minor differences as a result but rather one single unresolved difference with the result that there no longer is a general will and the view that prevails is nothing but one particular view But we must also consider the private persons who make up the public apart from the public personified who each have a life and liberty independent of it It is very necessary for us to distinguish between the respective rights of the citizens and the sovereign and between the duties which men must fulfill in their role as subjects from the natural rights they should enjoy in their role as men It is agreed that everything which each individual gives up of his power his goods and his liberty under the social contract is only that part of all those things which is of use to the community but it is also necessary to agree that the sovereign alone is the judge of what that useful part is All the obligations which a citizen owes to the State he must fulfill as soon as the sovereign asks for them but the sovereign in turn cannot impose any obligation on subjects which is not of use to the community If fact the sovereign cannot even wish to do so for nothing can take place without a cause according to the laws of reason any more than according to the laws of nature and the sovereign community will have no cause to require anything beyond what is of communal use Government is wrongly confused with the sovereign whose agent it is What then is government It is an intermediary body established between the subjects and the sovereign to keep them in touch with each other It is charged with executing the laws and maintaining both civil and political liberty The only will dominating government should be the general will or the law The government s power is only the public power vested in it As soon as government attempts to let any act come from itself completely independently it starts to lose its intermediary role If the time should ever come when the government has a particular will of its own stronger than that of the sovereign and makes use of the
A strange aspect of this act of alienating property rights to the state is that when the community takes on the goods of i...
public power which is in its hands to carry out its own particular will when there are thus two sovereigns one in law and one in fact at that moment the social union will disappear and the body politic will be dissolved Once the public interest has ceased to be the principal concern of citizens once they prefer to serve State with money rather than with their persons the State will be approaching ruin Is it necessary to march into combat They will pay some troops and stay at home Is it necessary to go to meetings They will name some deputies and stay at home Laziness and money finally leave them with soldiers to enslave their fatherland and representatives to sell it Sovereignty cannot be represented Essentially it consists of the general will and a will is not represented either we have it itself or it is something else there is no other possibility The deputies of the people thus are not and cannot be its representatives They are only the people s agents and are not able to come to final decisions at all Any law that the people have not ratified in person is void it is not a law at all Sovereignty and Civil Religion Now then it is of importance to the State that each citizen should have a religion requiring his devotion to duty however the dogmas of that religion are of no interest to the State except as they relate to morality and to the duties which each believer is required to perform for others For the rest of it each person may have whatever opinions he pleases It follows that it is up to the sovereign to establish the articles of a purely civil faith not exactly as dogmas of religion but as sentiments of social commitment without which it would be impossible to be either a good citizen or a faithful subject While the State has no power to oblige anyone to believe these articles it may banish anyone who does not believe them This banishment is not for impiety but for lack of social commitment that is for being incapable of sincerely loving the laws and justice or of sacrificing his life to duty in time of need As for the person who conducts himself as if he does not believe them after having publicly stated his belief in these same dogmas he deserves the death penalty He has lied in the presence of the laws The dogmas of civil religion should be simple few in number and stated in precise words without interpretations or commentaries These are the required dogmas the existence of a powerful intelligent Divinity who does good has foreknowledge of all and provides for all the life to come the happy rewards of the just the punishment of the wicked and the sanctity 01 the social contract and the laws As for prohibited articles of faith I limit myself to one intolerance Intolerance characterizes the religious persuasions we have excluded From Jean Jacques Rousseau Contrcat social au Prineiples du droit politique Paris Garnier Freres 1800 pp 240332 passim Translated by Henry A Myers
public power which is in its hands to carry out its own particular will-when there are thus two sovereigns, one in law and...
Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu Excerpt from The Spirit of the Laws 1748 In every government there are three sorts of power the legislative the executive in respect to things dependent on the law of nations and the executive in regard to things that depend on the civil law By virtue of the first the prince or magistrate enacts temporary or perpetual laws and amends or abrogates those that have been already enacted By the second he makes peace or war sends or receives embassies establishes the public security and provides against invasions By the third he punishes criminals or determines the disputes that arise between individuals The latter we shall call the judiciary power and the other simply the executive power of the state The political liberty of the subject is a tranquility of mind arising from the opinion each person has of his safety In order to have this liberty It is requisite the government be so constituted as one man need not be afraid of another When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or in the same body of magistrates there can be no liberty because apprehensions may anse lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws to execute them in a tyrannical manner Again there is no liberty if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers Were it joined with the legislative the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control for the judge would then be the legislator Were it joined to the executive power the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor There would be an end of every thing were the same man or the same body whether of the nobles or of the people to exercise those three powers that of enacting laws that of executing the public resolutions and that of judging the crimes or differences of individuals Most kingdoms in Europe enjoy a moderate government because the prince who is invested with the two first powers leaves the third to his subjects In Turkey where these three powers are united in the sultan s person the subjects groan under the weight of a most frightful oppression In the republics of Italy where these three powers are united there is less liberty than in our monarchies Hence their government is obliged to have recourse to as violent methods for its support as even that of the Turks witness the state inquisitors and the lion s mouth into which every informer may at all hours throw his written accusations What a situation must the poor subject be in under those republics The same body of magistrates are possessed as executors of the laws of the whole power they have given themselves in quality of legislators They may plunder the state by their general determinations and as they have likewise the judiciary power in their hands every private citizen may be ruined by their particular decisions The whole power is here united in one body and though there is no external pomp that indicates a despotic sway yet the people feel the effects of it every moment Hence it is that many of the princes of Europe whose aim has been leveled at arbitrary power have constantly set out with uniting in their own persons all the branches of magistracy and all the great offices of state The executive power ought to be in the hands of a monarch because this branch of government which has always need of expedition is better administered by one than by many Whereas whatever depends on the legislative power is oftentimes better regulated by many than by a single person But if there was no monarch and the executive power was committed to a certain number of persons selected from the legislative body there would be an end then of liberty by reason the two powers would be united as the same persons would actually sometimes have and would moreover be always able to have a share in both Were the legislative body to be a considerable time without meeting this would likewise put an end to liberty For one of these two things would naturally follow either that there would be no longer any legislative resolutions and then the state would fall into anarchy or that these resolutions would be taken by the executive power which would render it absolute It would be needless for the legislative body to continue always assembled This would be troublesome to the representatives and moreover would cut out too much work for the executive power so as to take off its attention from executing and oblige it to think only of defending its own prerogatives and the right it has to execute Again were the legislative body to be always assembled it might happen to be kept up only by filling the places of the deceased members with new representatives and in that case if the legislative body was once corrupted the evil would be past all remedy When different legislative bodies succeed one another the people who have a bad opinion of that which is actually sitting may reasonably entertain some hopes of the next But were it to be always the same body the people upon seeing it once corrupted would no longer expect any good from its laws and of course they would either become
Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu  Excerpt from The Spirit of the Laws 1748 In every government there are three so...
desperate or fall into a state of indolence The legislative body should not assemble of itself For a body is supposed to have no will but when it is assembled and besides were it not to assemble unanimously it would be impossible to determine which was really the legislative body the part assembled or the other And if it had a right to prorogue itself it might happen never to be prorogued which would be extremely dangerous in case it should ever attempt to encroach on the executive power Besides there are seasons some of which are more proper than others for assembling the legislative body It is fit therefore that the executive power should regulate the time of convening as well as the duration of those assemblies according to the circumstances and exigencies of state known to itself Were the executive power not to have a right of putting a stop to the encroachments of the legislative body the latter would become despotic for as it might arrogate to itself what authority it pleased it would soon destroy all the other powers But it is not proper on the other hand that the legislative power should have a right to stop the executive For as the execution has its natural limits it is useless to confine it besides the executive power is generally employed in momentary operations The power therefore of the Roman tribunes was faulty as it put a stop not only to the legislation but likewise to the execution itself which was attended with infinite mischiefs But if the legislative power in a free government ought to have no right to stop the executive it has a right and ought to have the means of examining in what manner its laws have been executed an advantage which this government has over that of Crete and Sparta where the Cosmi and the Ephori gave no account of their administration But whatever may be the issue of that examination the legislative body ought not to have a power of judging the person nor of course the conduct of him who is entrusted with the executive power His person should be sacred because as it is necessary for the good of the state to prevent the legislative body from rendering themselves arbitrary the moment he is accused or tried there is an end of liberty To prevent the executive power from being able to oppress it is requisite that the armies with which it is entrusted should consist of the people and have the same spirit as the people as was the case at Rome till the time of Marius To obtain this end there are only two ways either that the persons employed in the army should have sufficient property to answer for their conduct to their fellow subjects and be enlisted only for a year as customary at Rome Or if there should be a standing army composed chiefly of the most despicable part of the nation the legislative power should have a right to disband them as soon as it pleased the soldiers should live in common with the rest of the people and no separate camp barracks or fortress should be suffered When once an army is established it ought not to depend immediately on the legislative but on the executive power and this from the very nature of the thing its business consisting more in action than in deliberation From a manner of thinking that prevails amongst mankind they set a higher value upon courage than timorousness on activity than prudence on strength than counsel Hence the army will ever despise a senate and respect their own officers I hey will naturally slight the orders sent them by a body of men whom they look upon as cowards and therefore unworthy to command them So that as soon as the army depends on the legislative body the government becomes a military one and if the contrary has ever happened it has been owing to some extraordinary circumstances It is because the army was always kept divided it is because it was composed of several bodies that depended each on their particular province it is because the capital towns were strong places defended by their natural situation and not garrisoned with regular troops Holland for instance is still safer than Venice she might drown or starve the revolted troops for as they are not quartered in towns capable of furnishing them with necessary subsistence this subsistence is of course precarious Whoever shall read the admirable treatise of Tacitus on the manners of the Germans will find that it is from them the English have borrowed the idea of their political government This beautiful system was invented first in the woods As all human things have an end the state we are speaking of will lose its liberty it will perish Have not Rome Sparta and Carthage perished It will perish when the legislative power shall be more corrupted than the executive It is not my business to examine whether the English actually enjoy this liberty or not It is sufficient for my purpose to observe that it is established by their laws and I inquire no further Neither do I pretend by this to undervalue other governments not to say that this extreme political liberty ought to give uneasiness to those who have only a moderate share of it How should I have any such design I who think that even the excess of reason is not always desirable and that mankind generally find their account better in mediums than in extremes From Montesquieu The 221 237 passim Spirit o the Laws vol 1 trans Thomas Nugent London J Nourse 1777 pp
desperate, or fall into a state of indolence. The legislative body should not assemble of itself. For a body is supposed t...