What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

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Our founding fathers recognized that government is a force that continually expands, progressively impinges upon freedoms, and if left unchecked, predictably devolves to dictatorship. They recognized that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The division of power into legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and safety mechanisms such as the power of impeachment and the convention of states were designed to ensure that freedom will forever prevail over tyranny.

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