Three Branches of Government

February 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Three Branches of Government School House Rock

Let’s Begin…
The American government is made up of three branches – that’s not tree branches though, even if there seems to be some deadwood in Wasington. The branches help keep our leaders fair.. er, honest… er, well at least there’s a lot of debate. Watch and see if you can tell who’s in charge.

Three Ring Government
Music & Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Performed By: Lynn Ahrens
Animation: Phil Kimmelman and Associate
First Aired: 1979

Gonna have a three-ring circus someday,
People will say it’s a fine one, son.
Gonna have a three-ring circus someday,
People will come from miles around.
Lions, tigers, acrobats, and jugglers and clowns galore,
Tightrope walkers, pony riders, elephants, and so much more…

Guess I got the idea right here at school.
Felt like a fool when they called my name,
Talkin’ about the government and how it’s arranged,
Divided in three like a circus.
Ring one, Executive,
Two is Legislative, that’s Congress.
Ring three, Judiciary.
See it’s kind of like my circus, circus.

Step right up and visit ring number one.
The show’s just begun. Meet the President.
I am here to see that the laws get done.
The ringmaster of the government.

On with the show!

Hurry, hurry, hurry to ring number two.
See what they do in the Congress.
Passin’ laws and juggling bills,
Oh, it’s quite a thrill in the Congress.
Focus your attention on ring number three.
The Judiciary’s in the spotlight.
The courts take the law and they tame the crimes
Balancing the wrongs with your rights.

No one part can be
more powerful than any other is.
Each controls the other you see,
and that’s what we call checks and balances.

Well, everybody’s act is part of the show.
And no one’s job is more important.
The audience is kinda like the country you know,
Keeping an eye on their performance.

Ring one, Executive,
Two is Legislative, that’s Congress.
Ring three, Judiciary.
See it’s kind of like my circus, my circus.

Gonna have a three-ring circus someday.
People will say it’s a fine one son,
But until I get it, I’ll do my thing
With government. It’s got three rings.

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