Past and Current

Branches of Government

Sheila Dorsey


February 21, 2011

Stephen Plummer

Branches of Government

              This paper will discuss the three branches of government. The paper will also include why the founding fathers divide the government into the legislative, judicial, and presidential branches and how they came up with the idea and if the system works successfully. The paper will discuss how the three branches are equal in power and how Alexander Hamilton, referred to the judicial branch as the least dangerous branch because of it’s lacked in power of the legislative and executive branches. The paper will discuss the division of power obstruct the enactment of important legislation and if it is a good or bad thing. The paper will discuss if Hamilton were still he would he still say the same about them and why or why not?
        The founding fathers divide government so that particular parts of the government would not have too much power. Each branch has a defined and limited role and the ability to check the power of the other branches. Checks and balances and Separation of powers help the government from becoming tyrannical force that they had broken away from under English rule. The U.S. Constitution is what separates the three branches of government and is a result of a compromise on the central government of the U.S. and its responsibilities that was proposed at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The new constitution was officially signed on Sep 17, 1787 but was officially ratified by the ninth state that created the majority it needed and took effect June 21, 1788.   John Locke was the first to pioneer the idea and only suggested the separation between the executive and legislative. Charles Louis added the judicial branch. The U. S. outlines the three branches of government; the executive branch is represented by the President, the judicial branch with the Supreme Court at the head and the legislative being the people’s...