People often say they want a strong president who can get things done. But that’s pretty much the exact opposite of what the founding fathers set up under the Constitution. Because of their experience with colonial governors and the who ruled with almost complete and total authority, the Founding generation was determined to limit the power of the executive branch. They certainly didn’t want a president who could make law with the stroke of a pen. As Revolutionary War general John Sullivan put it, “I can by no means consent to lodging too much power in the hands of one person.” So to ensure the president wouldn’t rule over the United States like the colonial governors had done, the framers of the constitution carefully separated legislative and executive powers. James Madison described this in a paper known as “Helvidius” Number 1. He wrote: “The natural province of the executive magistrate is to execute laws, as that of the legislature is to make laws. All his acts therefore, properly executive, must pre-suppose the existence of the laws to be executed.” Under the Constitution, the President was not meant to be all-powerful. And the founders set up the system to prevent such a thing from happening.