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Unformatted text preview: Karna Upadhyay AFP September 21, 2009 US Constitution affect on American Foreign Policy The Constitution of the United States was clearly drafted as an homage to the Thomas Paine theory that the government is best which governs least. Three of the most prevalent examples of that are the constitutional framework, the separation of powers and the institutional fragmentation. All of these concepts show our founders proclivity for liberty, even at the expense of efficiency. The constitutional framework is essentially the result of the fear Madison and the other framers of the Constitution had of a power, centralized government capable of arbitrary law. It uses various methods of checks and balances through the distribution of power to avoid having any one person or body of people become too powerful. The main way the founders distributed power was through the separation of powers between our three branches of government: the executive, legislative, and judicial. They also incorporated ways of creating a great deal of tension between all three of these branches, like the...
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- Spring '09
- Government, Separation of Powers, President of the United States