The avoidance of absolute power invested in any single individual or even a single branch of government is what led the Framers of the American constitutional order to create three different branches of government.
The Framers of the American Republic also understood that it would be impossible to have a representative democracy, a limited government, much less an experiment in self-government, if the people did not first govern themselves and if they did not, when they went into the voting place, vote for those elected leaders who would also demonstrates the same virtues, the same basic respect for institutions including marriage, family, the church, and the local community.
This year, Republican voters have repudiated not only experienced politicians and not only those who are ideologically conservative, but they have chosen as their presumptive nominee a man who represents a return to a strong man vision of government.
Sadly, it’s a stark departure from the historical vision of this great American experiment.
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