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When only three states directly elected their chief executive officer, the Constitution provided for the election of the president by an Electoral College that originated in the people and is still operative. The Constitution's system of separation of powers and elaborate checks and balances was not intended to refine out popular influence on government but to protect liberty; the Framers divided, distributed, and limited powers to prevent any branch, faction, interest, or section from becoming too powerful.
He supports his position with historical evidence and a subtle examination of the epistemology of the founding Page xviii documents, maintaining that we and Meese must look to the Declaration and not the Constitution to learn the original intent of the Founders. Summing up those themes invariably at the base of his scholarly labors, JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS stresses that the constitutional system has serious flaws and deficiencies in light of the enormous anticipated pressures of the next one hundred to two hundred years.
Even as colonies the states had been particularistic, jealous, and uncooperative. Centrifugal forces originating in diversityof economics, geography, religion, class structure, and raceproduced sectional, provincial, and local loyalties that could not be overcome during a war against the centralized powers claimed by Parliament. The controversy with Britain had produced passions and principles that made the Franklin and Dickinson drafts unviable. Not even those nationalist drafts empowered Congress to tax, although the principle of no taxation without representation had become irrelevant as to Congress, a representative body.