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In 1979, the children’s educational television series Schoolhouse Rock! broadcast a now-classic episode titled “Three Ring Government” about the three branches of the U.S. government — executive, legislative and judicial.

“No one part can be more powerful than the other,” proclaimed the narrator, who explains that our system of government comes with “checks and balances” — each branch watches the other so no one becomes tyrannical.

The episode is quite entertaining, but facile. In truth our government is more like a three-ring circus — one that makes a mockery of democracy.

This article is written by CELDF’s Kai Huschke, and published in Truthout. View original source here.

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