The And Limitations Of The United States Constitution

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When the United States constitution was written by the founding fathers almost 238 years ago, the first three articles outlined both the powers and limitations of the three branches of government. In Article 2 of the constitution, the duties of the President, the Executive branch, are defined and the system of checks and balances are explained. These checks and balances are the Congress and the Supreme Court. Our founding fathers designed the constitution specifically so that no one branch of the American government would never be allowed to contain more power or have authority than the other two. In recent times, however, the executive branch has grown more powerful during stressful times. This power grab goes directly against what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the U.S Constitution. The rights of the American people are guaranteed and protected by the Constitution through this distribution of power. Giving more power to the executive branch would lead to an unequal distribution of power, something our forefather carefully tried to prevent from happening when they signed the Constitution. James Madison proclaimed in Federalist No. 47 that all power should be distributed equally among the three branches of government or the United States would conform to a dictatorship. “The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
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