The True Story Of How The US Almost Had A Fourth Branch Of Government That Would Have Made Us A Lot Like France Staff
Posted: Sep 13, 2013 3:01 PM

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Next week is Constitution Week — 226 years ago, we ratified the nation's governing document in Philadelphia With the constitution the three branches of government were established. But you may not know that we almost created a fourth. The main question before the Founders was the proper balance of powers. Virginia delegate James Madison was obsessively fearful that the will of a majority-directed legislature would swamp the decision-making and oversight powers of the executive and judiciary.