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checks and balances

Thomas Jefferson spoke of a free press as being part of the U.S. system of checks and balances.
  institutional mechanisms to check the power of any one person or group — especially separation of powers and constitutionally guaranteed rights
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Strongly Associated with:   separation of powers
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  • Thomas Jefferson spoke of a free press as being part of the U.S. system of checks and balances.
  • The fundamental threat to freedom is the power to force people to do things they do not want to do. The threat is not removed by good intentions, but it is mitigated by dispersing power with a system of checks and balances.
  • We have a system of checks and balances and things, but when it comes down to it we don’t have much check on the Court, so who’ll bell the cat?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • But right now, she also felt the checks and balances of their stares as they watched her with Josie, waiting for her to act-well-judiciously.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • It was known, for example, that checks and balances exist in the normal environment.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But I had my family, my checks and balances.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • There are checks and balances; there always are, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • It was maddening for a police officer, but he admitted that this element of checks and balances would have been useful in this case.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • John Quincy did not comprehend, after a lifetime in the thick of it, how our complicated Federal system of checks and balances operated; nor did he realize that what he regarded as Jefferson’s "machinations" was merely a facet of the latter’s genius applied with success to the art and science of Government.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • They created a system of government with checks and balances so that no branch of government would become despotic.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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  • And beyond independence, as he consistently emphasized, was the ultimate need for a republican form of government built on a foundation of checks and balances.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The patrols were structured so that the trucks would run out of gas if they went too far, a delicate system of checks and balances that preserved our safety and theirs—and, I now realize, the secret the Abnegation kept.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Number 51: Separation of Powers: Checks and Balances
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Checks and balances.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • FEDERALIST No. 51 — The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • To a considerable extent the book was an expanded, more erudite rendition of the case for checks and balances in government that he had championed in his Thoughts on Government, and later put into operation in his draft of the Massachusetts constitution.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Checks and balances, Jefferson, however you and your party may have ridiculed them, are our only security," he wrote in another letter.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Even after I left Evergreen I’d have what she called "a system of checks and balances"group therapy once a week and therapy with my parents as well as without them, for at least the next year -to make sure I didn’t get in over my head again.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • …office, nor whether it is fit that he should remain in it…… Once set, the example of impeaching a President for what, when the excitement of the House shall have subsided, will be regarded as insufficient cause, no future President will be safe who happens to differ with a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate on any measure deemed by them important…… What then becomes of the checks and balances of the Constitution so carefully devised and so vital to its perpetuity?
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • ) But the peak of Con-gressional power passed as Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur and Cleveland successfully resisted Senatorial attempts to dictate Presidential appointments, and the government returned to the more traditional American system of the Constitution’s checks and balances.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
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Associated words [difficulty]:   checks and balances [6] , separation of powers [6] , separation of powers [6] , bicameral [7]
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