How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny? (Dbq)
Have you ever wondered what the US would be like if our government was a tyranny? Well, thanks to our founding fathers for creating a strong constitution, we don’t have to worry about that. The constitution was written in 1787 in Philadelphia. The problem was that the existing government that was under the Articles Of Confederation wasn’t very successful. Therefore, the fifty-five delegates representing twelve out of the thirteen states came together to tweak our constitution to create a strong government without allowing one person, or group of people to have too much power. The framers used the Constitution to protect against Tyranny in three ways federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances.
One way that the framers protected against Tyranny was through federalism. “The different governments will each control each other, at the same time will be controlled by itself.” (Document A) By separating the two different governments ,it creates a double security to the rights of the people Commentary, and the two control each other and itself. This guards from a tyranny because it keeps the power completely separated between central and state government but keeping the power even at the same time, so that one doesn’t inherit too much. Document A states that powers given to the central government include: regulate trade, conduct foreign relations, provide an army and navy, declare war, print and coin money, set up post offices, and make immigration laws. Powers given to the states include: set up local governments, hold elections, establish schools, pass marriage and divorce laws, and regulate in-state business. The two different parts government hold their own different powers and responsibilities that are both limited and shared to keep it fair. This guards from tyranny because it splits up the rolls between the central and state government but still keeps them even. Federalism is one of the main ways