Running head: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
The United States has evolved in terms of determining the source of its powers since the
inception of the country. Even the democracy experienced in the country today took a whole
process to come by. While the country prides in the practice of democracy, the ideas of the practice
emanated from Greece and Rome during the era of civilisation (Burnham, 2017). Ever since, the
political culture, which is what determines the kind of government of a state, took a shift and
currently relies on five elements. These include liberty, democracy, individual responsibility,
equality, and civic duty.
It is as well true that the American government is from down upwards rather than the
reverse. The government, therefore, is a government of laws and not of men. This refers to the fact
that the government, just like every other citizen, is subject to the law and does not consider itself
above it (Wood, 2011). This is opposed to the ancient forms of governments where the leaders
were considered to be above the law.
At the same time, there is a principle that the American government is often under no man
but a higher authority, who is God. This principle suggests that the American parliament is not
arbitrary or absolute. Instead, it makes decisions for the common good, but their decisions or
declarations must come from a higher authority (Wood, 2011). Any laws that are against this
higher authority is considered void, and contrary to eternal justice, equity, and truth.
This principle is not entirely true. There have been declarations that have passed amidst
debates of whether they come from the higher authority or not. An example is a debate on
homosexuality where people have failed to reach a consensus of whether it is right or wrong. Even
the use of natural law could not give an ultimate answer to the issue.
The principle of constitutionalism is also essential in governing the United States. It has
been at the forefront in ensuring that the government’s power lies in the hands of the citizens. It,
therefore, gives Americans a sense of liberty and freedom while establishing a system of checks
and balances. The constitution of America, thus, is the highest source of power because it is viewed
as the supreme law (Wilson, 2017). All the operations of the country derive their rules and...