The United States And The Ratification Of The Constitution

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Anti-federalists- were a group of people opposed to the ratification of the constitution. They were less organized than the Federalists. They were united in their fear that the Constitution might lead down a path of government corruption and tyranny. They believed in restricting government power. Benefits of federalism- Federalism allows people to maintain loyalty to their states; due to increasing the states ability to meet the citizen’s needs. It makes running this huge country easier and allows policy experimentation- “laboratories of democracy.” It creates political stability, and ensures liberty by ensuring that even if the federal government becomes corrupt, the state governments will be able to be independent to a certain extent.…show more content…
7.In civil cases, there will be a jury. 8. No excessive bail, fines, or cruel and unusual punishments. 9. Enumerated rights- if it’s not stated as a right, that does not mean that it’s NOT a right of the people. 10. If a power is not given to the federal government, and is not prohibited to the states, then it is preserved for the states or the people. Checks and balances- comprises the there branches of government- executive, legislative and judicial. Each of these powers can limit the others, so that no branch becomes more powerful than the others. First the legislative branch introduces and votes on a bill, then the president has the option to veto a bill if he doesn’t agree with it. Then the legislative branch has another opportunity to vote and perhaps override the veto with 2/3 majority. Then the law is in place, the people can test it though the judicial branch by filing a lawsuit and if it reaches the supreme court, then they can veriify the law in terms of its constitutionality. Commerce clause- describes an enumerated power in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, saying the US congress has the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the states, and “Indian Tribes’ Concurrent power- powers shared between both the state and federal governments- examples are the ability to make laws, roads, parks, tax, defend, etc. Constitutional Bases for
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