Checks and Balances
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Separation of power is that each branch gets equal power and how they work together.
Charles-Louis de Secondat came up with the separation of power which then then inspired the Declaration and the Constitution to have it. Legislative Branch gets to make the laws. Executive Branch gets to veto. Legislative Branch then gets to announce them.
What is checks and balances? It is to ensure that political power isn't focused on individuals or groups. It is to make sure that power is even and not unbalanced.
For example, the legislative branch gets to make laws, but the executive branch which is the President gets to veto them if he chooses to. Sometimes that doesn't since the Congress together can overpower the President if 2/3 of Congress agree.
So separation of powers/checks and balances are basically the same. They both have equal power so don't think that the President has the most power of them all.
Wow all of this information is extremely useful. It's gotten me so happy now I am know about more of the constitution and the powers! Hey world, there's a history nerd coming your way!
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