The American Government structure seems stupid! The House of Representatives can veto anything that the President calls for, for example, tighter gun laws, because the Republicans love their guns and therefore will never allow something like that to happen.
What are the opinions on this?
All things considered I think the structure of our Gov. is fine. The stupidity that you see is not in the structure of Gov. as much as in the electorate! Less than 50% voter turnout in national elections is inexcusable. It's fair to say our Gov. has been on auto-pilot for a number of years now. Thomas Jefferson said a well informed people are necessary for the running of a Democracy. I'm glad he wasn't around to see the U.C. Berkeley student who couldn't name the Vice- President of the U.S.. I mean, C'mon!
I love the republican form of state - that's a first impression that gives america a good introduction for me
secondly, I love the federal form of government - it means that areas of the union don't have to be ruled easily by things that the other states want
and third, the clear separation of powers is great - both the checks between the powers and the part of the legislative branch.
it's also a good thing that the head of government and all legislators are elected, while all secretaries of state are voted for by congress, opposed to chosen by a prime minister with no electoral process
also the fact that judges are appointed by the congress suggests strongly that the judicial branch of state is connected, somewhat, with the people (for better or for worse)
and the written constitution is the icing on the cake - no easy infringement of individual rights
the fact that the legislators can veto the president's demands is a good thing - the congress is more democratic than the president because there is more plurality; the president shouldn't be able to do anything he wants, and in fact, he can't actually legislate, being a member of the executive. congress, being more diverse and quantitative, is better to represent the people, and the president, being just one person, is not very good at representing so many people and so many regions like the house is
It's a different way of doing things. It has its advantages and disadvantages, but it's still democratic, if less so than our system. The American system is a conservative dream: it ensures things are only changed when the consensus to change is overwhelming. The British system is quite flexible, on the other hand, and the democratic link between the people's views at election-time and the policies that result is clearer to determine.