No other nation has been more concerned about the segmentation of governmental power than the United States. The Founding Fathers fractured it in innumerable ways. They asserted that all power derives from the consent of the governed, the federal and state constitutions act as distribution grids —apportioning authority between the federal government and the fifty states, and then even more so among the separate states and their various localities. At both the federal and state levels, an additional tripartite division of authority separates legislative, executive, and judicial power.
The organizing principle was not efficiency or consistency. It was a a profound distrust of concentrated power. The constitutional draftsmen openly advocated distrust as the principal rationale for the diffusion of governmental power accomplished by their blueprints. Obvious methods of consolidating decision making authority were ditched for the comfort of knowing that surge protectors were wired throughout the highly engineered system to safeguard against dangerous concentrations of unchecked power.
However, particularly during the past 38 years there has occurred a conspiracy by government attorneys and judges to usurp the power of the legislative branch. This must stop, if we citizens are to control what occurs in the District of Colombia. See, http://home.earthlink.net/~isidoror