An old schoolhouse rock video described the separation and balance of powers amongst the three co-equal branches of the US federal government, presumably, tongue in cheek, as a 3 ring circus:
David Limbaugh, during the Supreme Court Obamacare debate, was surprised that former law prof, Obama, had never heard of Marbury v Madison , which established the precedent of US Supreme Court judicial review of Congressional legislation:
At a news conference, Obama said, "Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."
The statue of John Marshall, who was chief justice during Marbury, used to taunt legislators at the Capitol building til it was moved in 1981:
David's brother, Rush Limbaugh, complains about Obama not taking his own advice about respecting the separation of powers through his profligate issuance of executive orders
I thought, by the way, that Barack Obama -- prior to the Supreme Court decision on health care -- was out there intimidating the justices. He was telling them that they had no business overturning a law passed by "the duly-elected representatives of the people." Do I remember that right? I have that right. Obama, along with Patrick Leahy, were threatening John Roberts and threatening the justices: "You do not overturn laws passed by the duly-elected representatives of the people!"
And Obama himself just went in there and writes an executive order and guts welfare reform.