With the Constitution, also came the Bill of Rights, which were the first ten amendments of the Constitution, along with many other Constitutional Amendments to follow the Bill of Rights. Some of the most vital and influential benefits of the Constitution are as follows. The Constitution allows Congress to levy taxes throughout the states, making more money for the Government to complete projects amongst the states. Congress also has the right, under The Constitution, to regulate interstate trade. Democratically, elections are left in the hands of the citizens to vote amongst themselves.
Benton Hurt Ms. Dean AP Government 5 September 2012 Federalist vs. Antifederalist Paper These two papers focus on the powers and abilities of the federal government. In the Federalist #31, Alexander Hamilton presents truths about mathematics and politics concerning the need for the national government to have taxing authority. In the Brutus V essay, Brutus complains that the powers given to the general government in the first article of the Constitution give it unlimited power. Hamilton, a federalist, says that the federal government will have no power without the ability to tax, and Brutus says it will have too much power. In the Federalist #31, Hamilton explains that the government must have full power to execute its responsibilities, and that one of its responsibilities is to protect the nation.
With the turn of a more complex century, where presidential power continues to grow with each term, it becomes crucial to analyze the actions of past presidents to prevent an imbalance within American government. Part of this growth in the presidency might be explained as the inevitable result of progression. As the United States increased in international presence, the federal government needed to simultaneously expand its diplomatic presence, a role best suited for the President himself. However, the best explanation underlying the growth of presidential power is that the constitutional text on the subject is largely unspecific. Whereas, in Article I there consists specific powers granted to Congress, Article II grants authority to the President in such verses as “executive power,” or “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed” – terms that are for the most part indefinite and inconclusive.
Checks and balances is a political term that relates to the separation of powers between the branches or divisions of government. This creates the three branches of government in the United States: Judicial, Legislative and Executive. The Executive branch consists of the President and Vice President. The Judicial branch consists of the Supreme Court and Federal Courts. The Legislative Branch consists of the Senate and House of Representatives.
Even if the law had been passed and signed by the President himself. Marshall by setting this precedent gave the Supreme Court immense power in not only that specific case but in all cases afterwards and as said on page 164 “…the precedent had been set and in law the precedent means almost everything.” McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) showed Marshall’s ruling on States right as it went against the Federal gov’t power. Marshall ended up ruling in favor of the Federal government, which probably stemmed Marshall’s own Federalist views on a powerful centralized government. This decision went a long way as it set the idea of the Federal Government being more powerful than the States. This not only established the federal government as a strong power but also putting the Supreme Court on the map by showing its ability to control the state rights and boost the power of the federal government.
The League of Nations was established to bond countries together and to prevent another world war from happening. 4. How did the post-World War I Germany react to the world economic crisis of the 1920s and 1930s? Germany had to pay the cost of the war. This left their economy in debt and they fell into a depression.
Harrison Lang Simms Essay #2: The Presidency, and How It Has Emerged As the Most Powerful Government Institution PSC 151: Introduction to American Government Chris Kypriotis 11/1/2012 When examining the powers that the Constitution grants to the office of the presidency, I believe that modern day presidents exceed the limitations placed upon them by the Constitution in many ways. This essay will both give examples to support the increased powers and explain how the institution has become the most dominant within the American Government. The Constitution granted to Congress the authority to declare war. Article II of the Constitution appoints the president as "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States." This power
Reflection on A Government Ill Executed Paul Volcker begins the foreword of the book stating, “Nothing is more certain in American political life than complaints about the performance of the federal government. At the same time, there are insistent demands for government to do more—to provide more security, personal, national, and financial; to improve health care; to protect the environment; to build transport systems; not least to build a strong and independent judiciary.” We have come to expect much of our federal government, yet at the same time we are often critical about its performance. The size and scope of government has drastically increased over the last century, and with that came an increase in the potential for inefficiency and ill execution. Paul Light addresses this issue in the context of Alexander Hamilton’s argument in Federalist No. 70, which warned of the dangers of an ill-executed government.
In the late 1920’s a change in the economy started, this change is now known as The Great Depression. The downfall of the economy started with banks and stock-market insecurity, and halted with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. This revolutionary reform attempted to improve our nation by re-establishing American’s faith. Although not everybody regained the faith, the majority of people devoted to The New Deal rebuilt themselves, our economy, and the overall government. Without the help of our 32nd President, often called by his initials FDR, America could have ended in anarchy.
What can states do to counter the power of the federal government? Power that is disseminated between the federal government and states is known as federalism. The Constitution grants the states and federal government different powers and there is supposed to be a balance between the two. The federal government has the power to control trade, collect taxes, regulate currency, declare war and maintain and army and navy. Powers not delegated in the Constitution for the federal government is given to the states.