John Quincy Adams: His Theory and Ideas

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The Institutions of American Government

A sovereign who countenances such vices is no longer a sovereign. It is a virtual abdication of his authority. He is a sovereign for that very purpose, to maintain justice and morality; and to give his sanction to falsehood and injustice is, in substance, ceasing to reign.

MEMOIRS, April 20, 1812


BALANCE AND SEPARATION OF POWERS

In Adams's theory, as we have seen, the Constitution was a definition of adequate power. The safeguard against its abuse was the proper institutional distribution of powers, in the interest of a safe balance of social forces. Bicameralism and the traditional separation of powers were the means. For example, he found a significant reason for criticism of Siéyès in the latter's opposition to bicameralism.1 Adams continued to fear situations where single powerful assemblies could dominate "invisible executives."2 In particular he was critical of the trend in the new state constitutions, produced by the overruling ascendancy of popular supremacy," toward "governments with legislatures in single assemblies."3 In France's early revolutionary constitutions, he had found the concentration of legislative power in a single chamber to be more incongruous and threatening than an "hereditary royal executive."4 He considered sub-

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1
To John Adams, The Hague, August 31, 1795, Writings, I, 402.
2
To Alexander Hill Everett, Washington. D. C., October 15, 1817, ibid., VI, 224-225.
3
Adams, Parties in the United States, p. 5.
4
Adams, Eulogy on Lafayette, p. 19.

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