The government system is one of the few things that have not changed over the course of many years. The system of checks and balances is the most important system for the government. I, personally, believe that the system of checks and balances works, because it has been around for a very long time. Over one hundred years, in fact. An example of a check and balance is the check the Judicial Branch has on the Executive Branch: They may declare any executive actions unconstitutional.
The system of checks and balances helps to keep our country in order and further away from a dictatorship. It gives each branch a power (or several powers) over the other branches. It ensures that no one branch gains more power than the others, so we don’t have anyone attempting to rule the country single-handedly.
The Marbury versus Madison case was presented in 1803. William Marbury had been commissioned justice of the peace in the District of Columbia by President John Adams, along with forty-one others, at the end of Adams’ leadership. When Thomas Jefferson, the new president, did not allow it, Marbury sued James Madison, Jefferson’s Secretary of State. The commissions were signed by John Adams and Secretary of State John Marshall who later became the Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice, yet the papers had not been sent in before Adams was no longer the president. President Jefferson then refused to allow the commissions. He said that they were unacceptable due to the fact that they had not been delivered early enough. After the trial was over, Marbury did not get the position that he had wanted, and previous presidents could not decide the next president’s justice of the peace group.
This case is merely one of many examples of the Judicial Branch declaring the Executive Branch’s actions unconstitutional. There have been several other cases somewhat like this one that have been able to declare actions unconstitutional. The Constitution gave the...