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Why did the Founding Fathers create three branches of government with the Constitution?

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read this! la laThis was to ensure that no branch of government could over power another branch of government and as a way to instill a system of checks and balances. See Democracy based on Aristotle's definition, he created democracy to be all 3 forms of the governments he had seen rise and fall in hopes that together they would stand. first the warrior king, the single tyrannical ruler [executive branch]; second the oligarchy [ruled by the few [educated]- senate]; and finally the extreme democracy ruled by the people- the house of reps]. the warrior king would conquer a country, the oligarchy would overthrow the warrior king, then the people would rise up and rule amongst themselves. this created chaos and constant unrest, thus Aristotle in his infinite wisdom merged the 3.

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The fathers created 3 branches because they felt that if the government had too much power that they would become power hungry, so they separated powers to keep everything equal so power couldn't corrupt. Checks and Balances.

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The three branches all have an equal amount of power which represents the fairness in our country... [editing-> actually, the branches were not created equally, the legislature was given more power than any branch, the executive branch was given a little less, and the supreme court was barely mentioned or thought of by the founding fathers. though the supreme court along with the executive branch do expand their power from time to time through interpretation of the constitution. ]

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It was the best way they thought to have equal power in government. This was there would be three groups of power to decide different things in government and no one group would have more power than another group.

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When the founding fathers wrote The Constitution of the United States of America, times were different and they knew things would change, so they wrote the document very fluently, allowing for changes to be made. Such as the fact that when they said all men are created equal, they were more likely than not, talking about all rich white land owning men.

Now, they created the constitution of the United States, Article 1= the legislative branch and it's powers given to it (massive, and it's the first article in the constitution clearly favored by the founding fathers.), Article 2= The Presidency and executive office [which does have some judicial and legislative powers (legislative= veto,,, judicial=presidential pardon), article 3 talks very briefly about the judicial branch and only creates the supreme court, every other court in the united states was created by the legislative branch.

We have 3 branches of government so that when 1 gets out of hand the people are still protected as every person has said above me, when congress gets out of line and passes laws that are unconstitutional the supreme court found the power [was not directly given to it] to strike down laws found unconstitutional. yes la la la