Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 15, 2015

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #19

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #19

Why did our Founding Fathers use the U.S. Constitution to separate the legislative, executive, and judicial powers among the three branches of government?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This separation of powers keeps each branch of government from gaining too much control, reducing the risk of a dictatorship or any other totalitarian regime being formed.


  1. I agree with your answer. The original fear was the the legislative branch would take over and dominate, but history has seen an almost unbroken rise in the power of the executive branch. Now and then (not often enough in my opinion) the judicial branch tugs on the reins of the executive – even with the current President doing everything he can to try to become a dictator.

    • Hi again David, The ultimate responsibility for keeping power properly balanced rests in the hands of “We the People.” This is why it is so important that we read our U.S. Constitution at least once per year. Cheers, Ashley

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