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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Guarding The USA Against Tyranny 1. 2. 3. 4. The first way that the Constitution guards against Tyranny, is the checks and balances system. The checks and balances system allows each branch of the government to be checked on by the other two branches. This means that if the Judicial branch, for example, believes that the Legislative branch created an unconstitutional law, then they can use their "over riding power" and declare that law unconstitutional, which means that the Legislative branch would have to cancel that law. The second way the Constitution guards against Tyranny, is the representation system for the House Of Representatives and the Senate. Instead of giving the majority of the power to bigger states, they created a system, where in the House Of Representatives, there would be proportional representation, and in the Senate, there would be equal representation. So in the House Of Representatives, more populated states have more representatives, because they need more people to represent all of their citizens. But in the Senate, population doesn't make a difference on the number of representatives, because each state automatically has two representatives. The final way that the Constitution guards against Tyranny, is through Federalism. This is another sort of "division of powers", because instead of giving all the power to the national government, they split it up, and gave some of the power to the states. The national government kept the powers that dealt with more nationwide and international issues, and the states got the power over things that happened in the states. So for example, starting a war would be left to the national government, whereas powers like making schools were given to the state governments The next way the Constitution guards against Tyranny, is the division of powers. Instead of giving all of the power to one person, like a king, they decided to split up the power, so no one person could take over the country. They decided to make three branches of the government, so that even if one branch got a little greedy, the other two could check their powers, through checks and balances. So one way they did this was by not giving the president the power to start a war. They believed that if the president had the power to start a war, then if he ever got mad at a country, he could start a war that really didn't need to happen.
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