Representative government: A system of government in which the people elect persons to voice their will in the legislature. The United States Constitution has proven itself to be an enduring framework for representative government. It is both specific enough to outline the basic powers of our government and flexible (through the process of amendments) that it meets the challenges of contemporary life. From the perspective of the 21st century, the final form of the United States government is a given.
We accept our three branches of government and single executive as a matter of course. It is refreshing to hear the thoughts and fears of men whose experience was different. Even Benjamin Franklin feared a single executive at the head of the government; the revolution and the image of King George III stood fresh in their minds.