THE ABSOLUTELY BASICS ABOUT THE USA

The governing body of the American democracy is the Congress. It comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is located in the Capitol Hill, in the picture above.

 

The Capitol Hill is located in Washington, District Columbia, D. C. in short. The District is the seat of United States federal authority.

 

The Congress shall have power to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the United States,
says the Constitution.

 

Some interpreters mistake the area for 10 square miles (screenshot, Polish PARLIAMENT WEBSITE, source: SEJM.GOV.PL). We set a square of 10 miles on each side, for a ten miles square. The area is 100 square miles then.

 

Many researchers derive democracy from ancient Greece. How could we compare ancient Greece and modern America?

 

Ancient Greeks actually developed a proto-democracy: they happened to have kings and queens, depended on military leaders and bequeathed elitism.

 

America is a democracy. There have been no kings or queens of the USA. The head of the state is the President. The President resides in the White House.

 

PICTURE: THE WHITE HOUSE

 

Washington D.C. is the capital of the USA. District Columbia is on the American East Coast.
PICTURE: USA MAP

 

The state of Washington is on the West Coast.
PICTURE: WASHINGTON STATE

 

We can get maps of the USA at the National Atlas website, NATIONAL ATLAS.GOV.

 

We usually tell the name of our location along with the name of the state, if we give our address in the United States.

 

Washington state got its name after George Washington, the first American president. The state is the only American state named after a president.

 

PICTURE: GEORGE WASHINGTON

 

There are many places named Washington, in the United States. George Washington remains a prominent figure.

 

He fought for American freedom in the Revolutionary War against England. He was President in years 1789-1797, after the War.

 

The American Revolutionary War had its written formulation
in the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

 

The Revolutionary victory brought another historic formulation,
the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

 

United States government was built “from scratch” by the “FOUNDING FATHERS”:

 

The constitutional reallocation of powers created a new form of government, unprecedented under the sun. Every previous national authority either had been centralized or else had been a confederation of sovereign states. The new American system was neither one nor the other; it was a mixture of both,
wrote historian Forrest McDonald[40]
on the FEDERALIST reflections by JAMES MADISON.

 

The new form of government is DEMOCRACY,
more advanced than Greek prototypes.

 

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