Once upon a time, a group of birds lived in Birdland. They were not happy with their homeland so they flew away to find a new home. After a long journey, they landed in what would be named the United States of Birds.
Once the birds started to settle in they realized they needed a way to govern themselves. They divided themselves into 13 bird states and began working on the Articles of Confederation. After many long nights, all 13 states agreed to the Articles.
The birds decided that they didn't want a king to rule over them, and that they would rather let the states govern themselves. There would only be one branch. They agreed that for any amendments, or changes to be made to the Articles, 9 of the 13 states would have to vote in favor of it. Each state only had one vote. The national government had a very small list of responsibilities. Such as make war, make treaties, borrow money, and raise an army by asking the states for troops just to name a few.
But, the Articles of Confederation weren't good enough. The main problem was the government couldn't collect grasshoppers (taxes) and couldn't pay of the debt of the country. So the birds sent their smartest birds to Birdydelphia to write the Constitution.
So, the group of birds decided that there would be three branches of government. Judicial, legislative, and executive. The judicial branch would interpet law. The legislative branch would make laws, and the executive branch which is the president's branch, would enforce the laws.
It was decided that the legislative branch would be split into two more branches, the senate and the house of representatives. In the house of representatives, each state gets two representatives. In the Senate the amount of representatives a state gets is dependent. In total the amount of members in the legislative branch (congress) is 535 members.
Congress has the power to levy and collect taxes, coin money and regulate its value, establish post offices and roads, declare war, raise armies, and provide a navy. The executive branch has the power to veto, negotiate treaties appoint federal judges, and grant pardons. The judicial branch has the power to hear and decide on some of the most important cases in our country. All three branches keep each other in check through a complex system of checks and balances.
The government had much more power under the constitution, but most birds agreed with it because there were systems in place to keep the government from becoming to big. Unlike the Articles of Confederation, this government actually had the power to get things done.
All of the birds decided that the new Constitution was the best way to run their country. Even if it did have some problems. The birds lived happily ever after.
Govern- conduct the actions of a people
Articles of Confederation- The original constitution of the United States
Amendment- A minor change to a document
Treaties- A formal agreement between countries.
Interpret- explain the meaning of
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