Constitution Paper Ashley Noe HIS/110 Joel Getz May 4, 2015 Constitution Paper A group of men came up with a group of laws that they felt would be beneficial to Americans. The Constitution addressed the complaints of the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution was able to identify and address the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. There are many reasons as to why the Constitution evolved, but its purpose has served America well. The Great Compromise, the idea of Roger Sherman from Connecticut, was an agreement for both large and small states to have two house legislature consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives for each state.
This was enforced after President Roosevelt whom was the only president that served more than two terms. Congressmen wondered if presidents would become some form of dictators if there was no limit in the presidential office. 3. Washington was the first to establish foreign policy, and issued the Proclamation of Neutrality. What situation did this proclamation address?
Federalism Helps citizens protect themselves against tyranny through the use of the constitution. Federalism is a system of government in which power is divided between federal government and a state government. The guard of federalism is shown in the constitution when they made the compound government to make sure the federal government does not too much power. Another way is when responsibilities are given to the state government so that they share the power equally. (Doc A).
Under the Articles of Confederation its powers included conducting foreign relations, settling disputes between states, controlling market values, regulating trade and so on. It purposely did not give the national government all the power in fear of tyranny like in Britain. Economically and Socially, although the United States desired an effective government, they comprised an ineffective government because there was no president, the U.S. wasn’t able to pass taxes and laws, it had no army to protest the nation, it had a weak government, and it had no courts to settle problems between states. So in the end, the Articles of Confederation proved to be both inadequate in economic conditions, foreign relations and other aspects. Thus, these political, economic and social factors all contributed to the reasons why the Articles of Confederation couldn’t provide an effective form of government.
Christopher L. Buckley Assignment 1: What is Federalism? Pol110 Professor: OKAFOR, EMMANUEL February 16, 2014 What is Federalism? Federalism is political system in which ultimate authority is shared between a central government and state or regional governments. This is the system that the framers up into place when that drafted the Constitution which came with opposition from the Antifederalists. But the Federalists prevailed and the Constitution was ratified more than two hundred twenty-five years ago.
Liberalism In the Constitution The U.S. Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 to replace the Articles of Confederation. The first thing the Constitution did was take away the power from the states and gives it to the federal government. (PowerPoint, “How did the Constitution strengthen the federal government”). The Constitution separates the government into three powers to ensure equality among all the groups in congress. The Constitution also creates a form of government so each branch stays in tack and the people stay protected from government tyranny and also gives an equal opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard.
They did this to “modify and address the failures of the Articles of Confederation” (Callahan 34). Although there were many weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and they might not have provided the most effective form of government, the articles helped lay the foundation for the new government of America that we have today. The central government was too weak to govern, with no chief executive, no national court system, no power to regulate interstate commerce, no military, no national currency, and it was difficult to pass laws. According to Callahan, the Founding Fathers believed the Articles needed to be replaced by the U.S. Constitution because they needed the nation to function as one united country and not as thirteen small and unorganized nations. The Articles of Confederation was just a start to what made our nation how it is
Men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison all had a hand in drafting this new form of government. The US Constitution is still the framework for the organization of the United States government today. The Bill of Rights The Bill of Rights is the name for the first ten amendments in the US Constitution. Political leaders feared that the US constitution as it was, would lead the way to tyranny by the central government. As a result, they demanded a Bill of Rights stating the immunities of the citizens.
The framers then proceeded to distribute the draft of the Constitution to the states will all accepting the document. The way the Constitution was written left certain articles and sections open to interpretation. There are arguments on both sides whether the document is pro or anti-slavery. The Bill of Rights did not explicitly spell out a position on slavery either but more individual rights of voting citizens and the division of power between the branches of government. The Bill of Rights and the US Constitution had no mention of slavery and were purposely written in such a manner as to appease both the North and South and keep a fragile nation from