Describe how the three branches of government are supposed to interact.

The three branches of government are supposed to interact through checks and balances, a system in which the branches can interfere in the authority of the other branches. Additionally, the executive and legislative branches work together to create laws.

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The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution in 1787 with three distinct branches of government in mind: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. Americans had rebelled against England because of its tyrannical king, so the new country did not want a monarch. Power was to be separated among the branches, and there were to be checks and balances to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful. The system does this well: there is often gridlock in the federal government due to the three discrete branches.

The Founding Fathers were reluctant to have a strong presidency. But their reservations gave way to practicality. The government under the Articles of Confederation had not had a chief executive, and it was too weak. Also, it was widely and correctly thought that George Washington would be the first president, and his rectitude was beyond reproach.

The president is Commander in Chief of the armed forces. They carry out laws and supervise executive appointments. They can veto...

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