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Our Constitution: Foundation and Principles

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"We The People"

The Final Check of the Checks and Balances

When the founder's set out to create a republican form of government, they did so in order to establish checks against the usurpation of power and authority that typically arise in governments of any form. These checks and balances are critical to preventing the abuses that tyrants foist on their people. Therefore, there are not only the checks and balances between the branches of government, there is also a final check on government, and that is We The People!

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” Relevance to Today: Whenever Republicans or Democrats control the House, Senate, and presidency (as both George W. Bush and Barack Obama did at one point) they’ve faltered and abused their power. Ultimately the American people exerted their will by diluting the hold on power that the majority party had. Original Quote: “We see it particularly displayed in all the subordinate distributions of power, where the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that each may be a check on the other—that the private interest of every individual may be a sentinel over the public rights.” – Federalist #51, James Madison

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