Checks and Balances in government
Separation of Powers:
A System of Checks and Balances
'All Men Having Power Ought be Mistrusted.'
Why are there three separate and distinct branches of government, each with a different function?
The framers of the Constitution did not wish to return to the totalitarian system
governance imposed on colonial America by the British government.
To ensure that no single person or entity had a monopoly on power,
the Founding Fathers designed and instituted a system of checks and balances.