“In the government of this commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them; the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them; the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them; to the end it may be a government of laws, and not of men.”
The above Article was taken from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as originally written by John Adams. The document was passed and enacted in 1780. As with the Constitution that was created for the Federal Government in 1787, it is clear that Adams’ sought the existence of a clear separation of powers. Like the vertical wall at the Devil’s Post Pile National Monument (as featured in the attached image) each branch had a clearly defined role, and provided a check on the other two branches.
Please take a moment to consider how the original intent of the Founders has been “fundamentally transformed,” and the way in which the separation of powers have become blurred if almost nonexistent. What can you, as an individual citizen, do today to help restore our great nation to its original form of government? Sending an email, making a phone call, starting a conversation, or even “liking” a page on a social site may seem insignificant. Yet, one small voice can make a difference. What if you spoke your mind today, and then each day forward? What if we all began to speak our minds every day? Millions of people voicing similar opinions would create a thunderous roar! The fact that one voice can initiate a deafening sound that reverberates through the branches of our Federal Government is indeed What IS Right With America?