Friday, October 10, 2008

Separation of Powers

The phrase "checks and balances" appears nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. Rather, it's a concept that describes the distribution of various powers and responsibilities among the various branches of government. The concept of separation of powers goes back to ancient times. It's interesting, though, that this is still hotly debated. The current U.S. administration has been accused of ignoring the system of checks and balances, and of grabbing power to institute an imperial presidency.

Of course, if one political party controls all the branches of government, that tends to defeat the system of checks and balances anyway. Perhaps some stronger measures are needed to ensure that diverse viewpoints are represented.

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