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The men who wrote the Constitution had one major goal. They wanted to make sure that no person or small group controlled the government.
That’s why they set up the three branches. Then they created a system of checks and balances. Every power the president has is balanced by another power Congress or the courts have. For example, the president is commander in chief of the armed forces. But only Congress can declare war. Still, over the years, many presidents have added to the powers the Constitution grants them.