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How did the constitution guard against tyranny?

April 5, 2011 by davidsrdg0910 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Constitution had done anything they could to defend against tyranny, but how did they do it? In 1787 55 men representing The American States met in Philidalphia to fix their government. Everybody from the States could have a say in this, and all agree equally to guarding against tyranny. Tyranny is a government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power. The Constitution had guarded against tyranny in four differant ways which were Federalism, Seperation of powers, Checks and balances and Big states vs small states

The beggining guard against tyranny was Federalism, which is a political concept in which a group of members are bound together by covenant. James Madison had stated in a “Federalist Newspaper”  about Federalism and how it basically worked for the Colony. Federalism protects against tyranny because Federalism isnt an absolute power, its a division of power to certain members of a covenant.

The additional guard against tyranny was Seperation of Powers which means the government was seperated into differant branches. The Constitution states that the Seperation of powers were legislative, executive and judical branches.  Seperation of power can defend against tyranny simply because there is 3 powers, not one; which does not make America have an absolute power.


The third guard against tyranny were Checks and Balances, which were the balances in the 3 branches of power. In the constitution, there is a diagram stating which branch has power for eachother. This power protects against an absolute power because if each power checks on eachother, they are certain that they will not become pwoerful then one another.

The last guard against tyranny was the Big States versus the Little States which means that each state will have certain amounts of senator’s ( The bigger the state, the more senators). Articles in the Constitution state that a certain amount of represenatives will be chosen for the amount of a states population. This can protect tyranny so One single represenative wont become an absolute power.

Federalism, Seperation of Powers, Checks and balances and Big states vs small states are the four guards made to prevent tyranny in America. This question is extremely important because this little question has shaped our government and country. How the guards prevent tyranny can  show anybody how our country can be stable in ways rather then countrys with absolute powers. If we didnt have the guard against tyranny, im sure America would be a very differant place.

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  • Andrea Sailors

    I had to write a report for my Government class and this was really helpful. Thanks for the info.

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