Few Americans today understand the concept of ‘separation of powers,’ and fewer still are willing to defend it during times of crisis, whether real or manufactured. Yet, it may help to remind them that James Madison, the author of the Constitution and president of the United States, said he had structured a system to be run by devils, where they could do no harm.Details
by Clay Barham
If you reflect back on how the institutions of governance grew in America, from 1620 to the present, you will see that National Government grew into its present level without much public support.Â The settlements starting in New England, as well as Jamestown, were small and managed more from a town hall perspective than any formalized institution.Â Every hamlet, town and county was an almost informal, non-national government.Â None of them existed as the means for special interests to capture the loyalty of some inhabitants, nor was there any treasury worth plundering.
They existed mainly for peacekeeping and settling civil disputes.Â Town and hamlets wrote their own laws or ordnances to establish behavioral boundaries acceptable to the majority of citizens.Â On occasion, when special interests did gain excess power, or criminals were more powerful than the peacekeepers, vigilante groups formed by citizens corrected those conditions.Â Each colony acted as its own governing institution as it related to currency, infrastructure and relations with colonies and nations outside of its boundaries.Details