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Ritchey Karaba
4/14/2010

How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny?

What would you do if one day you didn’t have your Miranda rights read to you when you were getting arrested? In 1787 a group of delegates for 12 of the 13 states go together to try to better the country. The constitution was mainly written in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was mad to make a guideline for the building of a federal government so that there wouldn’t be any tyranny. It was also made to make sure that the government doesn’t become too much powerful. How do you think our rights were protected against tyranny by the constitution? Tyranny is when one person is given all the power to control a country of a government in a dictator like manner. The Constitution guarded against tyranny in several ways, which were federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, and big states vs. little states.

The first guard against tyranny was Federalism, which means a system of government in which power is divided between a federal government and state government. The guard of federalism is shown one way in the constitution when they set up the compound government to make sure that the federal government doesn’t get to much power. The second way is when some responsibilities are given to the state government so that they can share the power equally. Federalism protects against tyranny because it ensures that the federal government doesn’t have too much say in what happens in the country so that they don’t become too powerful and create tyranny.

The second guard against tyranny was separation of powers which means that the government is separated into separate branches so that they can spread out the power so that one branch of government can have more pull in what happen in the decisions made for the well-being of the country. One way that the documents show the way that the constitution uses the separation of powers to guard against tyranny is when it has...
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