Other than lip service, do you believe citizens benefit by the separation of powers doctrine?

Separation of Powers
Separation of Powers
The U. S. Constitution’s separation of powers has its origins in
the British idea of the desirability of a Mixed Regime where the King, the
Lords, and the Commons all checked and balanced one another as the three
great estates of the realm.


While the Constitution contains no express separation-of-powers clause, the Court has repeatedly reaffirmed the separation of powers. Nevertheless, the growth of the president’s power to a magnitude not foreseen at the Constitution’s adoption has been largely enabled by favorable rulings of the Supreme Court.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U. S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, meanwhile, derives the power to direct the military after a Congressional declaration of war from Article II, Section 2, which names the President Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Nevertheless, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Presidents have often engaged in military operations without express Congressional consent. These operations include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Afghanistan War of 2001 and the Iraq War of 2002.

It doesn’t appear like separation of powers when both congress and the Supreme Court aid and/or go along with what the president does. There are hot button issues such as abortion, movie star sex, flag burning, etc., that get people all excited However, on things that are important to those in charge and that give them more power and control, all three branches of the government plus mainstream media speak with one voice.

And, typically the Supreme Courts and other courts make ruling that favor the government; not the people. How could it be otherwise, when they are appointed and confirmed by the other two branches? The people have no input other than voting which never changes things toward more freedom.
Other than lip service, do you believe citizens benefit by the separation of powers doctrine?
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