How Does the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny?

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Name: Dareen Khalifeh Date: 12/3/13 How Does the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny? Imagine being in a world where you were forced to wear certain things. Forced to practice the only religion allowed. Imagine not being able to know what you want, when you wanted! In 1787 a group of delegates for 12 of the 13 states go together to try to better the country. The Constitution was mainly written in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was made to make a guideline for the building of a federal government so that there wouldn’t be any tyranny. It was also made so that the government doesn’t become too powerful. How do you think our rights were protected against tyranny by the Constitution? Tyranny is when one person is given all the power to control a country of a government in a dictator like manner. The Constitution guarded against tyranny in several ways, which were federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, big states vs. small states. The first guard against tyranny was Federalism, a system of government in which power is divided between a federal government and state government. The guard of federalism is shown one way in the Constitution when they set up the compound government to make sure that the federal government doesn’t get too much power. The second way is when some responsibilities are given to the state government so that they can share the power equally. Federalism protects against tyranny because it ensures that the federal government doesn’t have too much to say in what happens in the country so that they don’t become too powerful and create tyranny. The second guard against tyranny was the separation of powers which means that the government is separated into separate branches so that they can spread out the power so that one branch of the government can have more pull in what happen in the decisions made
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