How did the Constitution guard against tyranny?
Tyranny is means ‘as harsh absolute power in the hands of one individual’; it has happened everywhere. Whatever the size or shape, tyranny is a problem because it means too much power in the hands of one person or group. In 1787, Representatives from almost all the states in the U.S, met in Philadelphia to fix the issue of tyranny. The House presents us to “The Articles of Confederation” to help guard against tyranny. The Constitution guarded against tyranny in ways such as having the federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, and the large and small states both treated equally.
The first guard against tyranny was Federalism; 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 too 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.
Then, the constitution created the “separation of powers” to guard against tyranny. The “Separation of Powers” was the government separated into three 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. For example, the legislative branch is the senate and House of Representatives, the executive branch consists of the President, and the judicial branch belongs to the Supreme Court. (Document B) Separation of powers protects against tyranny. One way that the documents show the way that the constitution uses the separation of powers to guard against tyranny is when it has the...
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