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How Did the Constitution Gaurd Against Tyranny?

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How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny?

The government protects against tyranny keeping one or more person from abusing power. In May 1787 55 wealthy white men met for the Constitutional Convention. They discussed how the Articles of Confederation was not working. The founding fathers wanted a stronger government but did not want tyranny. How did the laws keep one or more person from getting too much power? The constitution guarded against tyranny by creating the system of powers,separations of power,checks and balances, and the great compromise.

Federalism played a part in guarding against the two types of government from getting too much power. According to the text “the power surrendered by the people is first divided between the two distinct governments” (Madison 1788).The people give the power they have to the leaders they elect. They elect leaders for both the central and state government. “The different governments will each control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.” The parts of the government will regulate each other while not overruling one another. The compound government provides a double security protecting the people from tyranny.

Seperation of power stops tyranny by distributing power throughout the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. “ legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands,whether of one,a few, or many,and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny”(Madison 1788).“Liberty requires that the three great departments of power should be separate and distinct”(Madison 1788).For everyone to be free and have equal rights there must be three independent departments of power.The separate branches are setup to distribute power to protect against tyranny.

Checks and balances shows that the three branches should be close enough to overview one another but far enough to not overrule each other. “The several offices in such a manner as that they may be a check on the other… (the three branches).Should not be so far separate as to have no constitutional control over one each other”(madison 1788).The quote shows that there should be distance between the branches far enough to check yet not overrule each other. according to the text “congress can: -approve presidential nominations,-override a president's

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