In America, government power is divided and subdivided. Even sources of power are kept separate. This is designed to prevent government from accruing and consolidating power to the point it may become a tyranny. The principles established for the American government were designed to prevent the common tendency recognized in human nature to accrue and then begin to abuse power. Not only were powers granted to the national government divided and subdivided, they were also specifically listed so the limits of the power would be clearly understood and checks and balances between the different branches of government were created to ensure that the branches were kept within the bounds set within the Constitution.