Three Branch Government: Then and Now

When the Founding Fathers assembled to envision the greatest political experiment in world history, they opted to concentrate federal power in the hands of three distinct “branches” of government. While they feared the encroachment of political parties as a threat to this delicate system of checks and balances, the system they devised nonetheless allowed for or even promoted the development of parties.

Given the Founders’ original prescription that the second place finisher in the presidential election would become the vice president, their system was decidedly non-partisan, guranteeing that each branch would be served by individuals representing multiple regions and political pursuasions, which included the executive branch (until the passage of the 12th Ammendment).

Thus, when the Founding Fathers crafted the consititution, they empowered a government of three, non-partisan braches, which would moderate one another while overseeing the essential operations of a modern state, all in a manner that intentionally included individuals from diverse political backgrounds. Nowhere was this more important than in the executive branch.

Compare this original scenario to that of the present day, where each branch is “governed” by a dominant party and ideology, including the judiciary, and you’ll find that we aren’t in Kansas–or should I say, Philidelphia–anymore.

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