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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Enough already with these persistent — but mistaken — references to three co-equal branches of government
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

It’s been a while since I’ve addressed this issue, but I’ve recently heard and read several references to the federal government’s “three co-equal branches,” which 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  “co-equal branches” or “checks and balances” in the Constitution.

Most of the politicians who have played the “co-equal” card ...

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