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It is true that impeachment is very unlikely to happen, but this power of congress is still held over the president and can happen if the president were to seriously abuse his/her presidential powers. The impeachment power of congress keeps presidents and other officers in line because of the fear of being kicked out of office.
Congress is more powerful than the president because congress has power of the purse. the main reason congress has the power of the purse is to ensure that the executive would not spend money without congressional authorization.Congress has the power to fund or defund organizations if they feel the organization is breaking rules, or just because the money should be appropriated to somewhere else. The president also, can not spend money without congressional consent.
Although it may be unlikely to happen, Congress still has this power over president, so when it comes to very important issues, The congress will use their power to override the presidents veto. Out of all the bills proposed throughout Obama's presidency, 147 is not a lot. So the veto power is not used much at all either.
In the Constitution, Article 1 section 3 gives Congress the authority to impeach and remove "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States.” Congress can put any president or officers they feel are abusing their powers or being unconstitutional with 2/3 vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Although they might have proven to stand against major powers, they have also proved to be unreliable and disobeying. During Shays rebellion the militias were ordered to stop the rebellion but instead of going along with orders they decided to join the violet protesters in destroying government properties. What would happen if our militias decided to switch sides and go against us in a war. We would be doomed with no one to protect us. This is why we should also have a standing army to support.
you take power away from all majorities and factions by creating a larger representation. the majorities may still have power on a smaller scale, but when put on a large, national, scale they will no longer be a majority and will no longer have power. The government is has checks and balances to make sure that no branch of government has more power than the other.
Although there is a chance the army could be come tyrannical, in article 1 section 8 of the Constitution, it says, " To raise and support armies, but no Appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years." Under the circumstance of the army becoming tyrannical, every 2 years the people of the states get to vote on new representatives. These new representatives could then defund the army using POP.
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