Fight Against Tyranny!

How our constitution fights against tyranny

Federalism

Federalism is giving the national government powers that support the nation and gives the states government powers that support personal and local problems. Also, the state and central governments also have powers that are the same. For example, the central and the state governments can both make and enforce laws. Federalism protects our country from tyranny by keeping the state and national governments from getting absolute power over the nation or the nation's people.

Big States Vs. Small States

Small states versus big states was a big issue in the making of the constitution. The number of representatives each state would get was determines by a proportion. This proportion was 1 representative to 30,000 people. For example Connecticut had five representatives and Rhode Island had one representatives. This protects against tyranny by keeping the big states from completing overpowering the smaller states.

Separation of powers

Checks and balances

Checks and Balances

Checks and balances is how the national government checks its different branches. For example, the president (executive branch) can elect judges for the Judicial branch. Also, the president can veto a bill that is trying to become a law. The Judicial branch can declare a law unconstitutional and the Judicial branch can also declare the presidents act unconstitutional. The Legislative branch can approve the presidents nomination, override the president's veto and they can also impeach the president. Finally, the Legislative branch can impeach judges.

We are the Continental Congress