The Constitution was able to unify the states under one strong, central government and unify the states creating a strong, independent country. Many people feared a strong, central government because they feared that it would turn into a tyrannical government like the one that they had just fought so hard to break away from in the Revolutionary Way. The Whig ideology played a large role in influencing the Revolution. To be a Whig, you needed to distrust and fear the authority and taxes of outsiders and be willing to use violence to resist that authority. Whigs were suspicious of all power: religious, economic, military, and governmental.
Professor of history Gordon S. Wood views the struggle for a new constitution in 1787-1788 as a social conflict between upper-class Federalists who desired a stronger central government and the “humbler” Anti-Federalists who controlled the state assemblies. He says that the writers and supporters of the Constitution were Federalists and they believed that the Constitution was a fulfillment. Which basically means, that those Federalists didn’t see anything wrong with the Constitution. Antifederalists said the Constitution was a denial of the principles of 1776. They were saying that the Constitution was didn’t honor the liberty nor the self-government.
Founders James Madison is the real father of US government in my point of view. He wrote Constitution, the main rules of the government, as a pioneer. In his idea, the structure of government had to be republic rather than democratic because it was quite difficult to have a direct democracy in such a nation with so many people, and not all of them needed to be listened to by government when making decisions. What’s more, he changed the way of dividing the political powers among several parts of the entire nation, which was quite significant for the emergence of US government at present. First about republic, James Madison decided to abandon the democratic governmental form and used the republic form instead because the latter tended to
Both classes had disagreements with the Articles of Confederation. Federalists say that the articles were weak and ineffective because the state governments was too weak to apply laws and ordered for a national government instead. We Anti-federalists however believed that the Articles of Confederation was a good plan and that there should not be a government more powerful than the state governments. Believing that state governments should have more power compared to the national government was one of the big reasons why the anti-federalists supported the Articles of Confederation. How about the U.S constitution, what factors were held to point out?
Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience dates back to the formation of the government organization, where the written constitution was formed. The written constitution is basically a contract between the government, and the people in which it sets forth laws and protects individual right. The framework of the laws, and rights set forth in the constitution is what makes the government orderly. Without order the United States would have an increase in all levels of crime and evil. Henry David Thoreau believed the government to be an unjust institution; he believed people should first do what they think is right, and not abide by the laws of the government.
Social Contract: A social contract is the theory of where the government came from originally. This theory was started by Thomas Hobbes. He states that the people as a group decided to give up some of their power for the overall wellbeing of the group. John Locke believed that the role of the individual was very important and the people had an obligation to have a revolution if at any time the government became too powerful. These men greatly influenced the founding fathers.
The duty of Congress to promote for the general welfare of the United States immediately precedes the enumerated power to regulate commerce among the states in Article One of the Constitution. Thus, the limitations of commercial power may be associated with the task of promoting for the general welfare. To take the argument a step further, it can then be conceived that the General Welfare Clause endows the national government a power, commercial or not, that is implicitly separate from the enumerated powers when circumstances raise a truly national problem with a resolution that transcends individual states’ abilities. Indeed, during the Great Depression Franklin Roosevelt justified unprecedented commercial legislation with the same interpretive logic as he informed Congress in 1934, “If, as our Constitution tells us, our Federal Government was established among other things ‘to promote the general welfare,’ it is our plain duty to provide for that security upon which welfare depends” (Gillman 458). It should have come as no surprise then that the Wagner and Social Security Acts soon became major parts of the political
In their drive for power the ministers upset the balance of the British constitution. Royal officials in the colonies of America aided in this English conspiracy as they attempted to seize as much power as they could. Bailyn argued that the American Revolution was actually a radical "ideological" revolution that took place in men's minds. Before the Revolution, colonials saw the divergences from the European norms--lack of a titled aristocracy, an
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.
Locke’s take on the ‘social contract’, which focused on the equality of rights for all Man, was the cornerstone of the United States’ Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Through the social contract based law, the US Government was able to provide the people with good education (14th)4, steady economic growth (3rd)4, wide global connections (2nd)4 and reliable military defence (1st)4, to name a few accomplishments. This proves that the social contract is beneficial towards a society with good governance. There remains the fact that the social contract sealed the people’s subscription to the State’s laws, as such the State does own the right to interfere with their private