Separating Powers

Doug Mataconis notes this little bit from President Bush’s recent speech to the Federalist Society:

When the Founders drafted the Constitution, they had a clear understanding of tyranny. They also had a clear idea about how to prevent it from ever taking root in America. Their solution was to separate the government’s powers into three co-equal branches: the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Each of these branches plays a vital role in our free society. Each serves as a check on the others. And to preserve our liberty, each must meet its responsibilities — and resist the temptation to encroach on the powers the Constitution accords to others.

Wonderful sentiments. Now, for those of you feeling queasy at the chutzpah of it coming from George W. “executive authority” Bush, I recommend Scotch before noon. For those who sadly shake your head and try and buck up with the notion that Roosevelt was worse, and most of our Presidents just as bad, I suggest a double. It probably will not get any better (maybe Fred Thompson?)

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2 Responses to “Separating Powers”

  1. on 19 Nov 2007 at 4:55 pm Keith_Indy

    How’s this for a bumper sticker?

    “Federalism - the other Check and Balance.”

  2. on 19 Nov 2007 at 5:21 pm Lance

    I like it. You should send to Jon Henke. Maybe he can use it for the Thompson campaign.

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