Tyranny Prevention In The USA

The Framer's way

Federalism

One way America prevented tyranny was by Federalism. This means that they give some powers to the national government, and some to the states. They also both share powers. The national government handles with issues that effect the whole nation. For example, they provide an army and declare war. The states handle with more local things such as, marriage laws and setting up a local government. They are both able to make laws, and tax/borrow money. Federalism makes sure that neither the states or the central government has too much power. They share powers but also handle different things, making sure that one of them doesn't have too much power.

Separation Of Powers

Separation of powers is another way the framer's guarded against tyranny. The main idea is that they don't want one person, or one small group to have all the power. There can still be tyranny in a democracy if the person the people elect has all the power. So they created three branches. The legislative branch makes laws. This includes the Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial branch interprets laws. This includes the Supreme Court. Finally, the executive branch enforces laws. This includes the president.

The Three Branches

Tyranny No More

Checks And Balances

Checks and balances was another way of tyranny prevention. The main purpose of this is to make sure that one branch doesn't have all the power. Each branch can check another branch. The executive checks the legislative because the president can veto Congressional legislation. The legislative checks executive by over ruling a president's veto and the ability to impeach the president. The judicial can declare executive acts unconstitutional. The president nominates judges. The court can declare laws unconstitutional. The Senate can impeach judges and confirms the presidents nominations for judges.

Big States Vs. Small States

Population of the state decides how many representatives are sent for each state. Smaller states like Rhode Island get a smaller amount than bigger states California. This is fair because since the bigger states have more people they deserve more representation. Also they have a senate which each state only sends two representatives. This is fair because the bigger states shouldn;t completely over power, the smaller states deserve at least some equal representation.