The Founders understood that the legislative branch is by nature the most powerful in a republican government. Experience of government under the Articles of Confederation, when state legislatures routinely encroached on executive and judicial powers, confirmed this. Thus, the Framers divided the legislative branch into two parts—the House and the Senate. In addition, they differentiated them as much as possible, consistent with the principles of republican government, with the goal of preventing tyranny and encouraging good government.
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About the Professor
Will Morrisey is a Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, and has held the William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution since 2000.
He attended Kenyon College, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from New School University in 2002.
He is the assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, a position which he has held since 1979.
He has served as a consultant for The Jersey Shore Partnership, the executive director of Monmouth County Historical Commission, and a teaching assistant at New School University.