The Derivative Of America 's Government Essay

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To first understand the derivative of America’s government we need to first understand ourselves, sounds quite simplistic, but to understand ourselves as human beings. This is best articulated in a quote by James Madison, co-founder of our nation and its government, as he stated, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” This is mighty true, but as a freshman prior to taking a political science course in college I was told growing up that a synonym for politician was a magician; one who “spontaneously” finds a lot of money and is able to strike a deal with someone higher up in his favor. Now to fully understand why our government was strictly unique to that of Britain and histories past another founder to the nation, Thomas Jefferson, fancily sums it up by saying, “experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power, have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Now I’m not here to stultify you as you read this paper, but it’s critical to understand why the framers drafted up the type of government that we have today. It’s inevitable to put all the power into one’s hands without being corrupt, as equally as it is impossible to have a democratic government of old Athens. The framers- who, as I take this class, begin to think were the brightest individuals far beyond their time- came up with a consensus to form a mixed government; one with checks and balances to avoid the potential of a branch

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