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    Posted April 4, 2012 by
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    Why is the Separation of Powers so Important for the US Government?

    After hearing the recent comments by our president and the subsequent come back by the courts, I have been pondering why the separation of power is so important.

    Most people believe that the reason for the separation of power is to prevent anyone person from gaining too much power for fear that they will then abuse that power at the expense of the American people. History has taught us over and over, that when one one person has too much power, there is often abuse of that power. Look at the Roman Emperors, at the old European Monarchies, and most recently Stalin and Hitler.

    The other reason that we have separation of power is to provide a system of checks and balances. It keeps one branch of government from instituting policy that would be harmful to the US citizenry; without the presidential veto or judicial review we would just be stuck without any way to easily rectify the bad policy.

    Here on this very site, I have read posts/comments on how the US Supreme Court is bad because they are doing their job. (actually considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act) I know there are those who think idealism outweighs the law, but the job of these people is to make sure that the congress does not pass laws that are illegal per our constitution. That is just what they do...they are not politicizing, they are responding to the complaints of the states who feel like the mandates from this act are unconstitutional. It is their job, it is not an assault on the president's signature piece of legislation.

    So, should we give up our checks and balances and just embrace idealism or should we let the system work as designed and let the chips fall where they may? I am for the constitution and keeping the checks and balances and the separation of powers.
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