Constitution Guard Against Tyranny Research Paper

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How did our constitution guard against tyranny.

Tyranny is a big problem many countries have. When framers of the constitution met in philadelphia they wanted to guard against tyranny. The framers did this by having separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and equal power between big states and small states. Tyranny is when a government is cruel or oppressive to their people. The colonist did not want this to happen in their new country because they've had experience with king george the third.

The first way the constitution guarded against tyranny is federalism. Federalism gives powers to both the state and central government. As James Madison said, “The different governments will each control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.” What James Madison is trying to say is that the central and state governments have enough power that they don’t control everything. The state government have specific powers that the central government does not have. The central government also have specific powers that the state governments do not have.

Another way the constitution guarded against tyranny was the separation of powers. The
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Checks and balances gave each branch the power to check on the other branches of the government. In Document C, it says, “… the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that they may be a check on the other…. (The Three Branches) should not be so far separated as to have no constitutional control over each other.” This basically means other branch checks on each other to make sure they have all the same amount of power.They check by using their equal power and approving or disapproving something that the other branch has done, for example, the Executive Branch can veto a congressional legislation, however, Legislative Branch can override the presidential
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