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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How to Guard Against Tyranny 1. Create federalism 2. Divide powers 3. Create a Checks and Balances System 4. Make sure big states don't over power small states Federalism divides power between the central government and the states. Sharing powers helps make sure that no government takes absolute power over the nation and the nations people. Federalism also shares power between the central government and the states. Some powers the national government should have is to maintain military, declare war, establish postal system, set standards for weights, and protect copyrights and patents. Some powers the states should have are to establish local governments, set up schools, regulate state commerce, make regulations for marriage, and establish and regulate corporations. They also need to have shared powers. Some shared powers are to collect taxes, establish courts, regulate interstate commerce, regulate banks, borrow money, provide for the general welfare, and punish criminals. Make sure you divide powers evenly into three branches; executive, legislative, and judicial. Sharing the powers between three branches spreads power evenly not giving all the power to one person or group. If power is given to one person or group, tyranny could result. Each branch should have different powers. The legislative branch breaks up into congress, and congress breaks up into the house of representatives and the senate. The executive branch breaks up into the president and the Vice President. Lastly, the judicial branch breaks up into the Supreme Court. Make sure you have a system so each branch checks each other's powers. The Checks and balances system helps guard against tyranny because they limit the powers of each other. One way the legislature can check the powers of the chief executive is by impeaching the president. One way the president can check the power of the Supreme Court is that they can appoint justices. One way that the Supreme Court can check the Senate is to decide if the law is unconstitutional. This system will help limit the powers of the other two branches. Lastly, make sure big states don't over power the smaller states. To make big states happy, in the house of representatives the number of representatives should be based on population. To make the small states happy, the senate will be composed with two senators from each state. This will make big and small states equal and the big states will not over power.
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