Over this weekend, before Election Day, I have received several calls and emails from friends and colleagues.
Some support Trump, others support Clinton. Each used the word "fear" or "worried" in their message.
I tried to calm them by reminding them that those who wrote the U.S. Constitution baked in a healthy dose of counterbalance to alleviate their fear of despots.
Then, it was King George III of England -- a stubborn, self-absorbed monarch who didn't simply reject America's demand for independence; he wanted to punish the colonies with a prolonged war to break the will of the new country.
The drafters of the Constitution didn't just have King George III in mind. They also addressed the flaws and dangers of all men and women who assume power.
"Ambition must be made to counteract ambition," wrote Benjamin Franklin.
In their wisdom, they anticipated a President Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump.