What ideas influenced American government?
The main focus our founding fathers had when establishing the United States government was that no 1 person or group gained to much power. So, they divided the government into three branches: Legislative branch (make laws), Executive branch (to enforce laws), and Judicial branch (determine whether or not laws are broken). The system of checks and balances was created. This gave each branch of government some powers over the other two. Ex: The president (executive branch) can appoint officials yet the appointment must first be passed by the legislative branch. Each branch has multiple cheks over th others. The branches "checking" each other helps keep the United States government "balanced". That was the idea that influenced th founding of American govern ment.