Brittany Morrison H340- Professor Cappello October 30, 2017 Letter to James Duane Alexander Hamilton September 03, 1780 The American Constitution is a vital segment of the United States’ foundation-- it was the premise of a unique government that did not exist before its time. Although, prior to the Constitution The Founding Fathers of the United States sought to establish a government that would not exploit the American people the way the British government had done so. With considerable fear of corruption, standing armies and lack of representation the Articles of Confederation was enacted. At the outset, the A.O.C had achieved exactly what it was written to do-- supply the governed people with the power over the government. In the near
This political party felt that the ratification of the Constitution would only intensify the problems of the new country. An excerpt from Mercy Otis Warren’s book, “Observations on the New Federal Constitution and on the Federal and State Conventions”, explains “The executive and the legislature are so dangerously blended that they give cause for alarm...There is no provision for a rotation nor anything else to prevent a political office from remaining in the same hands for life.” Warren shows with this quote that with a new Constitution the powers of the executive and legislative branches were too close in power. She felt that with this imbalance of power the government would not last very long. Also, she is saying that there will be nothing they can do if they ratify the Constitution. The Anti-federalists also felt that there would be a large drop off in the rights the people have.
Our first Constitution was not the one we live by today, but the Articles of Confederation. This constitution was made with its sole purpose to ensure that the national government would never again have as many powers over the people as Great Britain had over them. Power was given
American Federalism Name Lecturer Course Date Introduction Federalism is a term used to denote the system of government in which the power is shared among different ranks of government. In this view, the national government is considered supreme in certain issues while the regions, provincial or states governments are supreme in other matters (Drake & Nelson, 2012). The federal system of government is characterized by three critical features. Firstly, the different governments act concurrently on the same people and territory. Secondly, the governments have their own particular authority and power and, thirdly, none of the governments can eradicate the other.
Another component was that of the rights of the states, and the citizens. The anti-federalist opposed this on the grounds that their rights will be quashed by the strong central governments. Which is the reasoning behind the reason for needing the Bill of Rights. The Federalist responded with the system of checks and balances. This would help to form a framework from amassing too much power centered onto one single branch of government.
After declaring independence from Great Britain, the United States needed an established document to help unify the colonies. The Articles of Confederation was the first documented “Constitution” the Unites States ever had. The Articles of confederation was created to push for the individual states to come together and act as a one. Almost being like a rough draft, this document was a loose outline for the federal government that was meant to help defend the country from foreign attacks and promote economic growth. The weak document led to the eventual ratification that allowed the nation to adopt the new and improved Constitution.
“The president 's power is felt all over the world.” No nation is so remote from the U.S. that they can avoid the repercussions of American diplomacy. The president can abuse their powers and it will affect the U.S as well as other countries that associate with us. “The formal powers as listed in the Constitution say little about a modern president 's real power.” Modern presidents have way more power than was is listed in the constitution, they do not have to follow the guidelines completely like past presidents would have had to. Informal powers are granted to the president now, in order to “better the country.” The president is capable of hurting other countries with his powers and modern presidents have a lot of powers that are not specifically given in the
“When the British Parliament turned to its next attempt to tax the colonies, this time by a set of taxes which it hoped would not excite as much opposition, the colonial leaders organized boycotts” (A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present 62) is an example of how the colonies disobeyed England. Adams stated, he wanted “"No Mobs- No Confusions-No Tumult" (A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present 63) against the British. He supported civil disobedience with England, but not with the US because he felt that people had a voice in their government unlike the people who had a
The United States of America declared its independence from England because the king was abusing his powers like a tyrant. For example, the king set taxes without consent, unfair laws, and set soldiers in times of peace. According to James Madison, “The accumulation of all powers...in the same hands whether at one, a few, or many is the very definition of tyranny.” In 1781, the United States’ first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was approved. The Articles of Confederation gave most of the power to the states but unfortunately failed because there was no leader, no court system, and no power to tax. Because of this, a new constitution had to be made.
Since a democracy requires a sense of political determination and a national identity, democratization often causes a rise of nationalist sentiment and has even led to ethnic cleansing in order to eliminate the “enemy of the people”. Even if the Democratic Peace Theory was valid and could be built upon, it would still not legitimize promotion efforts in the Middle East. The theory talks only of wars of one state against another, while the conflicts relevant in the Middle East are state-internal; examples are the war in Algeria in 1991-2003, in Egypt 1992-1998 and in Syria 1979-1982. Nowadays, there are barely any wars in the region in which two states directly confront each other, as the conflicts are fought mainly between government and militant