Separation Of Powers And Checks And Balances

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After creating the Constitution, the framers believed that their government should be based on the separation of powers and checks and balances. This term of separation of powers was coined by Baron de Montesquieu, a French enlightenment writer. For the framers this idea of having separation of powers was mainly to avoid having the majority ruling with a strong hand. They avoided giving any branch of what was now their new government too much power. This idea of separation of powers by the framers was also because they believed that a government is more likely to stay within the boundaries of the laws. After the Constitution three branches were created by the framers; the legislative, executive and judicial. The Legislative branch, Art.1, consist of the House and the Senate, this branch is responsible for endorsing the laws of the state and taking the money necessary to operate the government. The Executive, Art. 2, consist of the President, this branch is responsible for carrying out and controlling the public policy passed and supported by the legislative branch. Finally the Judicial, Art.3, which consist of the federal court and the Supreme Court is responsible for understanding the constitution and laws and applying their understandings to disputes brought before it. Every one of these branches have separate powers that are limited. In this essay, I will argue that separation of powers, although they have had their changes in balance of power they are an important role
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