Something I heard on television this morning — a reference to the federal government’s “three co-equal branches” — prompts me to reiterate a point I’ve made here on several previous occasions:
Yes, the notion that the Constitution created three co-equal branches of government is an article of faith among most Americans. It’s popularly viewed as the provision that gives us our system of checks and balances. But it’s not true. In reality, there’s no mention of “checks and balances” in the Constitution.
Most of the politicians who play the “co-equal” card (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both played it during their presidential campaigns ...