Supporters of the constitution countered these arguments by adding some safeguards in some cases and also by thoroughly explaining the limited powers that the leader and government would have and the necessity for a strong central government. The constitution called for one executive leader, the President, who many thought would resemble a dictator, and America would be just like it was during colonial times. The framers of the Constitution knew that there needed to be a centralized government with a single executive leader to lead the country. However, some people like Patrick Henry, feared that a president would lead to “absolute despotism” and that there were actually more checks and balances in the British system of kings and lords (Doc. A).
He stood for a strong federal government because he strongly struggled with giving states too much power, thinking they would start a rebellion in which could not be controlled. However, he knew the people had to given some say in things, and therefore had to consider the role of the government. He wanted the government to have
Although if maybe a few more years we get better politicians I would agree we need to have a more up to date constitution. I don’t feel we need a completely new one, we just to revise the old one. Since our government has become so big and corporate we have lost sight of our basic constitutional privileges. We also need to change the tension between political parties. They’re all stuck in their own worlds; fighting with one another that they forgot their supposed to be benefiting us.
The Presidency Review 1. The framers of the Constitution both admired and feared centralized leadership. Although they knew that a strong president was needed to protect the nation against foreign and domestic threats, they also worried about the potential abuse of power. The framers believed that having given a much longer list of powers to Congress, they saw the president as a powerful check on legislative action, and as essential to the administration of government. 2.
John Adams also believed that the federal government should have more power than the state government. He also believed in following the rules of the British. On the other hand, Thomas Jefferson believed in the rules of the French. He also believed in laissez-faire, which meant that the Government should stay limited and not have much power. Although i believe many things from both people, I would have to say my philosophy would be Jefferson’s philosophy because he believed every word of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Anti-Federalist believed power should remain with the states. As you can see the Anti-Federalist was against the constitution. “New Constitution Creates a National Government, Will not Abate Foreign Influence, Dangers of Civil War and Despotism“. The main reason they revoked the constitution is bad is because it divided the powers amount the government in 3 branches (Judicial, Legislation, Executive), so NO ONE had supreme power over. Anti-Federalist didn’t approved they wanted a bill of right instead.
Article Review: The Framers and the People Introduction In “The Framers and the People”, the author Alfred Young examines the particular circumstances that arose from the writing of the Constitution. The author examines the reasons why the Constitution was not completely biased towards the people that wrote it; white, landowning men. The author examines the premise that the Constitution would be favorable to those who wrote it, and offers an alternate explanation for why the drafters of said Constitution did not indeed favor themselves. The reason that the author had for writing this article was to offer different perspective in observing circumstances before the signing of the Constitution. Critical Summary: One of the main contentions that the author makes is that the Constitution was not just written to
Edmund Burke believed that the French Revolution was pointless, and that the revolutionist had risen up against a relatively liberal king and that their actions would result in other kings becoming paranoid and tyrannical. Alexis de Tocqueville saw that democracy in America seemed disorganized, but he also gained a sense that it was a stable and prosperous democracy so that he can gain an insight into how it worked. Tocqueville studies show that democratic America, mostly focuses on the structure of government and the institutions that would help maintain a free America, his focus on individuals however led him to say that individuals were affected by the democratic mentality. Tocqueville’s work finds that the main problems of a democracy are a high portion of power in the legislative
This was to help keep someone from making the democracy into a monarchy for one example. Another would be that the Articles of Confederation allowed for a strong legislature for the states, but the executive branch was basically nonexistent or was without enough power to override laws that would be against basic human rights.
Branches of Government Jefferson said it best, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government” (The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., 1996-2012, para. 1). After the ultimate control while under rule of the crown, the founding fathers sought to create not only a government that provided for rights and liberties of the people, but also to ensure that government interaction and authority was spread amongst various branches. This distribution of power would provide checks and balances to guarantee reduced influence, while allowing each section to operate independently. However, agreement of each party would be problematic to achieve when needing to enact new laws and regulations.