Voters wait in line to cast their ballot for early voting at the Franklin County Board of Elections, on the eve of the U.S. midterm elections, in Columbus, Ohio, on November 7, 2022. Credit: Paul Vernon / AFP / Getty

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.

In reality the system of “checks and balances” guards against the power of the people.

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