Political Science 102
Limiting American Government Power
In 1787, fifty five men met in Philadelphia to help form the great country we live in today, called America. The United States of America is the only country to be created based solely on the advancement of individual freedom. In order to gain freedom, the people had to have their own rights, and the rights given to the people were written on the constitution which was created by the fifty men that met in Philadelphia. The constitution allowed individuals in America to have their own rights as well as limit government power. It was important that the government had limited powers, because with limited power it allowed American citizens to have more freedom. A few doctrines to help reduce the power of the American government are the bill of rights, separation of powers, and checks and balances. The bill of rights, are the first ten amendments in the constitution that allow American citizens certain rights that the government cannot take away. Separation of powers splits the government into three branches and gives them specific powers, these three branches are the legislative branch, executive branch, and judicial branch. While separation of powers separates government into three branches, checks and balances limit the three branches powers so that no branch is stronger than one another. These three doctrines are a few key reasons on how the American government power is limited.
The constitution helps protect American citizens from government power by giving us certain rights that the government cannot take away. This helps reduce government power over American citizens by not allowing the government to fully control what American citizens are allowed to do. The first ten amendments in the constitution are what help protect American citizens from the government; these first ten amendments are what make up the bill of rights. In the bill of the rights, the 9th...