How Does Federalism Guard Against Tyranny

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“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in quise of fighting a foreign enemy,” stated James Madison. The constitution of the United States of America prevents the government from having too much power over its citizens, then causing tyranny and also for our U.S. freedom. In may of 1787, 55 individuals drifted into philadelphia all responding to the constitutional convention they intended to amend the articles of confederation. They ended up creating a new constitution. James madison was there and the other founding fathers were not but made significant contributions in other ways. The U.S. Constitution involves federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, and compromise large states vs small states which are important factors for the government and its people. But how does our constitution guard against tyranny? FEDERALISM…show more content…
Federalism guard against tyranny by dividing the power between the two distinct governments, the central and state government. It also allows the people and government to make its decisions this also prevents the government from not having all the voice and letting the U.S. Citizens also have a voice to be heard. In james madison federalist papers #51 states “In the compound republic of america, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments.” This compound government provides “double security” by checking each other. According to James Madison, Federalist Paper #51,1788 “the different governments will each control each other at the same time that each will be controlled by
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