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The United States and Federalism - Federalism can be seen as the cornerstone of liberty and the constitutional structure of America. The Founders were looking for a system that would provide them with cohesiveness between the individual states and a government. The initial widespread loyalty to the state governments prevented the Founders from wanting a unitary system. A system with a more moderate option was chosen that provided national unity, but allowed for local representation and authority to occur within the states as well....   [tags: United States, Federalism]
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The Advantages of Federalism - The Advantages of Federalism Federalism was selected as the most appealing system of government in 1787, primarily because of lack of feasible alternatives. Confederacy had been tried by the 13 states under the Articles of Confederation, and found to be lacking, in that it did not provide adequate cohesiveness between the individual nation-states. However, widespread loyalty to state government and identity prevented the adoption of a fully unitary system. Instead, founders chose federalism as a moderate option which could best meet the needs of a people desiring national unity, but demanding local representation and authority as well....   [tags: Governmental Federalism Political Essays] 4551 words
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Federalism - Federalism is a legal concept that is centered around the concept that law is best handled as a two layered responsibility. Federalism is also built on a belief that sharing power with the local government is key to a successful governance. According to the text book, “the United States was the first nation to adopt federalism as its governing framework” (pg83). The following are a few examples of some advantages, as well as disadvantages of Federalism. I believe that the advantages that Federalism provides far outweigh those of the anti-federalist movement....   [tags: Government] 1206 words
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Federalism - Federalism Federalism is a widely accepted system of government in North American cultures. To many North Americans it seems to be the obvious choice for all world governments, but this is not the case. In all honesty, federalism is a fairly unique form of government. Out of approximately two hundred nations on the earth one hundred and eighty states practice unitary forms of government, leaving only twenty or so as federal nations (Winchester, 1999). Unitary forms of government consist of only one level of government....   [tags: Papers] 1367 words
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Federalism - Federalism Due to the immense power of our federal government, people often argue that it is too powerful and should be lessened. Since the 1990’s there has been an effort to shift power from the federal government to the states. States’ rights has been an issue since our country was first founded, and even now we can’t seem to please everyone’s requests at equal power. This country was founded with the attempt to separate the federal government and the state government, known as federalism....   [tags: Papers] 314 words
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Federalism - Federalism Federalism is flexible. Federalism is not a rigid structural arrangement. It seeks pragmatic solutions to the organization and distribution of political powers in order to meet the common needs of people while accommodating their diverse circumstances and preferences. Federalism is dynamic. While structures and even constitutional provisions may endure, the practices and operations are likely to change over time. At different times, federal systems may become more centralized, or they may become more decentralized....   [tags: Papers] 403 words
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Federalism - Federalism Federalism is a system of government that divides power between a national government and a regional government with the use of a constitution. Throughout the United States history, federalism has played a significant role in the constitution and the system of government adopted by the United States of America. Federalism has also changed throughout the course of America's history to fit the constitution and the government. Montesquieu was a French philosopher who was very important in the American constitutional thought....   [tags: Papers] 1657 words
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Federalism - INTRODUCTION TO FEDERALISM Federalism is the form of government in the united states where separate states are united under one central authority but with specific powers granted to both components in a written constitution .Patrick Henry coined the word in 1788 when, during the Virginia ratification convention debates over the proposed U.S Constitution ,he angrily asked, “Is this federalism?.’’ In 1787 the constitution replaced it with another, more balanced, version that has worked for over two centuries....   [tags: essays research papers] 976 words
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Federalism - Federalism Federalism denotes a form of decentralised government where legally at least the component parts of the federation (states, provinces, Länder or cantons) have statehood of their own and often have historically existed prior to the federation. The central body is frequently called the federal government. The precise allocation of responsibilities and powers varies infinitely. The USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and Switzerland are examples of federal arrangements....   [tags: Papers] 1109 words
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Federalism - Federalism The term "federalism" describes the changing relationship between the national and state governments as they sort out their roles and responsibilities within the federal system. America has a decentralized government; there is no single source of power or center of government. Federalism goes well with pluralism, because of the multiple centers of power that exist in the government, and also the many divisions of power. There are several levels of government including the federal government, the 50 states, county and city governments and independent school districts....   [tags: Papers] 2586 words
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Federalism - Federalism The Constitution of the United States was drafted at a time when our country was in dire need of many answers to political and social questions. In addition to many other things, the drafters of the Constitution were concerned with solidifying our central government and the Constitution was intended to provide a solid structure from which our burgeoning nation could grow. The Constitution gave explicit powers to the federal government and provided the states with the Tenth Amendment which states ,"Powers not delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the states, are reserved to the states respectively…" Of the enumerated powers given to the federal government by the Constitution, the interpretation of the Commerce Clause as prescribed in Article I, section 8, has caused political and legal controversy known to our nation....   [tags: Papers] 1960 words
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federalism - Federalism The United States Government is beloved to all Americans, in the simple fact that all men are created equal and all men are given equal opportunity, to aspire to achieve success and make their dreams come true. Although the percentage of people who achieve all of their goals in life is fairly small, they have the freedom to chase them and America for the most part is a pretty content place. The “law of the land” that sets the standards for our rights and privileges is the U.S. Constitution....   [tags: essays research papers] 1206 words
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Federalism - Federalism has played a large role in our government since the time that the Constitution was ratified. It originally gave the majority of the power to the states. As time went on, the national government gained more and more power. It used the "necessary and proper" clause of the Constitution to validate its acts, and the Supreme Court made decisions that strengthened the national government creating a more unified United States. Finally, the recent course of federalism has been to give powers back to the states....   [tags: essays research papers] 1696 words
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Federalism in Canada - Since federalism was introduced as an aspect of Canadian political identity, the country has undergone multiple changes as to how federalism works; in other words, over the decades the federal and provincial governments have not always acted in the same way as they do now. Canada, for example, once experienced quasi-federalism, where the provinces are made subordinate to Ottawa. Currently we are in an era of what has been coined “collaborative federalism”. Essentially, as the title would suggest, it implies that the federal and provincial levels of government work together more closely to enact and make policy changes....   [tags: Canadian History, Politics] 991 words
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Balanced Federalism - Debates over how the division of powers between the states and federal government should be handled have been predominant from the very beginning. The founders understood that this decision would have an enduring influence on the types of policies implemented along with how the impact would be felt by the citizens. This would all be dependent on if the laws were coming from Washing D.C. or the state capitals (Barbour and Wright, 78). In light of this the founders established the United States government based on a fair division of powers between Federal and State governments as highlighted in the constitution and tenth amendment....   [tags: Government]
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Evolving Federalism - Evolving Federalism Pre-Class Assignment Federalism by definition is the division of power between a central government and its participating members. How that power is divided is the subjective aspect of federalism that was before the framers of the United States. Through compromise and necessity the seeds for a strong central government were planted alongside already strong state governments. Over time the seeds for strong central government grew; wars, economic fluctuations and national growth established a strong central government....   [tags: essays research papers] 1017 words
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Federalism in America - Federalism in America Federalism is a concept that started many years ago during the times of the ratification of the document we live by called the Constitution. This concept basically states that there will be two levels of government, the national and the state. Federalism states that the national and state governments are separate entities and have formal authority over the same area and people. With its largest effect was during the Civil rights movement. Federalism isn’t a natural outgrowth of the Articles of Confederation....   [tags: Papers] 430 words
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The Evolution of Federalism - The Evolution of Federalism American federalism has changed drastically since its genesis. In 1776 the thirteen colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation in order to coordinate their efforts in the war for independence. The Articles of Confederation bound the states together in two main aspects; foreign and military affairs. The Articles of Confederation worked well while all the states had a common cause. However, as soon as the war ended and interests began to change, it became obvious that the Articles were not enough....   [tags: History Historical Democracy Essays]
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The Federalist Papers And Federalism - The Federalist Papers and Federalism The Federalist Papers were mostly the product of two young men: Alexander Hamilton of New York, age 32, and James Madison of Virginia, age 36. Both men sometimes wrote four papers in a single week. An older scholar, John Jay, later named as first chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote five of the papers. Hamilton, who had been an aide to Washington during the Revolution, asked Madison and Jay to help him in this project. Their purpose was to persuade the New York convention to ratify the just-drafted Constitution....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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American Federalism - Federalism, by definition, is the division of government authority between at least two levels of government. In the United States, authority is divided between the state and national government. “Advocates of a strong federal system believe that the state and local governments do not have the sophistication to deal with the major problems facing the country” (Encarta.com). Even before the Constitution was ratified, strong argument were made by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in the Federalist Papers urging the inclusion of a federal form of government to replace the failed confederation....   [tags: essays research papers] 2725 words
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Federalism: Evolution and Effiency - Federalism is the system of government that divides power between a central government and the regional government. The idea of federalism came about after the American Revolution when the drafters of the Constitution were debating over the roles of the national and state governments. The Federalists carefully planned out their idea of federalism and ensured that their view would best handle their concerns and issues. In Madison’s Federalist 51, he explains many key concepts that he believed were important to the foundation of a new government....   [tags: Government]
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Federalism and Governmental Relations - ... Bush never put too much focus on federalism like his predecessors did. His focus was on the fiscal crisis, not on federal reforms that influenced federal-state relations. Both through budgetary actions and regulatory changes the administration's brand of federalism is about restraining the size and scope of domestic public spending. There is a decided difference in tone of this presidency. In the case of education and homeland security, the partnership theme of past has been toss out in favor of a leadership role for national government agencies and officials....   [tags: Presidential Actions, Administration]
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The New Deal and American Federalism - ... President FDR opted to forego economic ideas such as the market’s self-regulation. The national government was traditionally limited in its roles to supporting commerce. President Roosevelt opted to involve the federal government in the nation’s economy in a wholesome manner. He achieved this through the development of regulations defined in his New Deal. This would assist in boosting the national economy, hence creating additional jobs and improved living conditions for the American people....   [tags: american history, government]
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The Evolution of Federalism and Housing Policy - When James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay drafted the Federalist Papers to persuade the state of New York to ratify the newly drafted United States Constitution, they could never have envisioned the controversy that the political theory of Federalism would generate, and the subsequent evolution of federalism that would follow. The Framers of the Constitution never planned for the federal government to be directly involved with the general welfare of people living within the United States beyond ensuring for a national defense and the creation of a national economy (Wills, 1982)....   [tags: Political Science]
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Describe the main features of American federalism. - American federalism is constantly used as a benchmark for democratic societies. Having been successfully implemented along with the constitution, it has shown that it has been able to adapt to the changing environments throughout history. One scholar has claimed, “Federalism – old style – is dead.” However I disagree. In the following paragraphs, I will show how federalism is a part of the United States but how some problems make it seem like it is failing in the modern environment. American federalism is a system of dual-sovereignty between two levels of government....   [tags: American Government]
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Comparative Perspectives of Austrian and Canadian Federalism - ... On one hand there was John A. MacDonald who constitutional scholar John A. Rohr called “a Canadian nationalist masquerading as a federalist” (Rohr 340)16. His vision was that of a highly centralized state similar to the British model at the time. Macdonald wanted to make the Confederation “one people and one government, instead of five people and five governments...one united province” (Rohr 340)17. His partner in Confederation, Georges-Etienne Cartier opposed this with his decentralized view of federalism....   [tags: Power Centralization, Government Structure]
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Abortion: The Impact of Federalism and the Separation of Power - ... In order to either restrict or guarantee women’s abortion rights, many bills have reached Congress for debate, and many laws regarding abortion have emerged out of this process. Some past court cases involving abortion include Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (Earll, 2010). In the 1973 Roe case, the court ruled that states may not outlaw abortions in the first trimester, although they can restrict them in the second and completely outlaw them in the third, unless the abortion is to protect the health of the mother....   [tags: legal issues, laws, bills]
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The Significance of Federalism in Political Culture - The Significance of Federalism in Political Culture The United States government is constructed of many systems and ideas which, when bound together, create the Democratic government utilized by the country. All of the different things, in most cases compliment each other and therefore, work together. Two examples of this are the system of federalism and the idea of political culture. They make up some of the important aspects of the government and its operation. Federalism is the system the United States uses as a frame for its government's power distribution when it comes to policies, procedures, and the likes....   [tags: Papers] 365 words
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Federalism in the United States - Federalism in the United States The current state of federalism in the United States is of one of peril, plagued with recent Supreme Court rulings, current debates over the devolution of Federal powers, and variance in State governing. The United States has always been troubled with the role of the Federal government V. State government on numerous issues. Since around the time of the Great Depression, the federal government was charged with the taking care of the American public in many social and economic matters....   [tags: Papers] 366 words
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Federalism and the Supreme Court - Federalism and the Supreme Court "The powers delegated. . .to the federal government are few and defined. . . .The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State." ---James Madison, The Federalist Papers #45 Since the establishment of judicial review in Marbury vs. Madison , the Supreme Court has been charged with the role of mediator....   [tags: Papers] 1570 words
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Government and Politics - The Benefits of Federalism - Government and Politics - The Benefits of Federalism In the early days of the United States, it was obvious to many that a system combining both federalism and representative democracy was needed. According to the textbook, “the people were too widely dispersed, and the country’s transportation and communication systems too primitive to be governed [solely] from a central location” (pg. 58). Although today both communication and transportation are highly advanced, America still maintains a federal system....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 885 words
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Jefferson And Madison And Federalism - John Adams was the last Federalist president which led to the next 16 years of Thomas Jefferson as president for two terms and James Madison as president for two terms. Jefferson and Madison were members of the Republican Party, which had principles and philosophies that were very different than the views of the Federalists. Jefferson and Madison each abandoned the Republican philosophies for Federalism. Jefferson and Madison took on Federalist views while being President of the United States. However, Jefferson and Madison each picked somewhere to stand their ground and keep some of their Republican views....   [tags: Political Science] 916 words
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Federalism and Poverty in the United States - Federalism and Poverty in the United States Many Americans believe that the federal government is too big, both in the number of agencies it directs and in the scope of its powers. Some people also think that the daily business of Capitol Hill has no effect on their lives, in part because they believe that politicians do not understand their problems. This dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C., in recent years has renewed debate over the division of power between federal and state and local governments....   [tags: Papers] 1687 words
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Federalism: A Happy Medium Between Unitary and Confederate Governments - The United States Constitution established a form of government called federalism. In addition to the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria and Switzerland are all federalist governments. In a federalist government, political systems divide and share power and resources between central and regional governments. A federalist government is very unique and contrasts with other government types such as a unitary and confederate government. Overall the balance between a state and national government has kept our country strong....   [tags: government] 524 words
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Anit-federalism - Perhaps the greatest document of all time, the Constitution of the United States of America was not easily created. Fifty-five great men were needed to hammer out all the details of the Constitution in a long grueling process. As James Madison, architect of the constitution said, “The [writing of the Constitution] formed a task more difficult than can be well conceived by those who were not concerned in the execution of it. Adding to [the difficulty] the natural diversity of human opinions on all new and complicated subjects, it is impossible to consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle.” The “natural diversity of human opinions” which Madison spoke of can be split into two basic groups, Federalists, and Anti-Federalists....   [tags: essays research papers] 669 words
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The Difference Between Separation of Powers and Federalism - Separation of powers is the separation of branches under the constitution by the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government. Federalism is a government system that includes the national government, which shares sovereign powers with fifty state governments. The difference between the separation of powers and federalism is slim to nothing. Federalism consists of the national government and the fifty states, in which the national government is defined by the separation of powers: the three branches of government....   [tags: Political Science] 308 words
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United States Government - ... 73). While the US Federal Government left a majority of the decision making up to the states, unlike before the Civil War, the supremacy of the Federal Government was no longer in question. Although the government did establish various national standards during this period, it did little to enforce compliance on the state level. For example, little was done to enforce the implementation of the 15th amendment at the state level. This period also ushered in an increase in the economic power of the federal government....   [tags: Federalism, Division of Power] 1462 words
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The Power Struggle of the States and Federal Government in the United States - To define the terminology of federalism to a simplistic way is the sharing of sovereignty between the national government and the local government. It is often described as the dual sovereignty of governments between the national and the local to exert power in the political system. In the US it is often been justified as one of the first to introduce federalism by the ‘founding fathers’ which were developed in order to escape from the overpowered central government. However, federalism in the United States is hitherto uncertain where the power lies in the contemporary political system....   [tags: federalism, government, USA, politics,] 1531 words
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Federalism in Government Policy toward Education - Education is the key to our future and that is why it is such an important subject in the United States. Education relates to federalism by interacting with the national government, state governments, and local governments. Each level of government is responsible for improving education within their limits of power. The national government has been helping to improve and regulate education since 1965 when they passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The main purpose of this act was to help America's disadvantaged students that lived in poverty....   [tags: Education] 1502 words
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The Important Role of Federalism in the Development and Ongoing Prosperity of the United States - Federalism plays an integral part in the growth and development of the United States of America and is a key factor in determining the basis of power in this country. Clearly, the term federalism can be understood in many different ways pertaining to each person's view, but it can be more broadly defined in terms of the separation between the state and federal government. Thomas E. Patterson defines federalism as, “the division of sovereignty, or ultimate governing authority, between a national government and regional (that is, state) governments....   [tags: government, american history] 2195 words
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Federalism - The Perfect Balance of Individual and Collective Interest - Federalism - The Perfect Balance of Individual and Collective Interest I have arrived at some temporary solutions to problems regarding political philosophy in the real world. For the most part, the debate over the ideal political philosophy has been narrowed down to two choices: socialism and capitalism. I agree with this. However, blending in with that debate my own conviction that toleration and moderation are the keys to success in any situation, I have concluded that there are, for purposes of this discussion, two types of political philosophies, and each is best served by a compromise between socialism and capitalism....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1040 words
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Same-Sex Marriage and Immigration: The Role of Federalism - Throughout recent years, two major issues have become prevalent in the United States, followed by increasing debate of whether they should be regulated by the federal government or state governments: same-sex marriage and immigration. Although the federal government has attempted to deal with same-sex marriage in the past, it has become evident that the public is not in agreement over this issue, rendering the efforts of the federal government to be ineffective and stagnant. Additionally, with an ever increasing flow of immigrants, the federal government is unable to regulate immigration well, leaving states to deal with many problems themselves....   [tags: Government]
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James Madison and the Federalist Papers - On September 17, 1787, the Philadelphia Convention sent their new constitution to the states for ratification. The Federalists highly approved of the Constitution because it allowed for a more central and powerful government that was previously undermined under the Articles of Confederation. The Anti-Federalists, however, didn’t want a powerful central government, but, instead, powerful state governments; in response to the Constitution, many Anti-Federalists began writing essays and creating pamphlets as a means of arguing against it....   [tags: Federalist Papers] 739 words
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Democratic Election: America, You’re Doing It Wrong - ... If each vote were counted equally, one elector’s vote would be approximately equal to 589,300 “normal” votes. This is extremely disproportionate because if this were the case, California, with fifty-five votes, is missing a total of ten of its votes. These missing votes are reallocated to other states, such as New Hampshire, to give them more votes than they deserve (CGP Grey). Going by the reallocated votes, a person’s vote living in Vermont is worth three Texan’s votes (CGP Grey). The graphic shown on the next page illustrates that votes in states like Ohio, Texas, and California, all states that have some of their Electoral votes redistributed to other states (shown in orange), count less than those such as Oregon, Colorado, or Maine (shown in yellow) as of 2011 (CGP Grey)....   [tags: Electoral College, Federalism]
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Alexander Hamilton's "Federalist no. 78" - In Federalist no. 78 Hamilton explains the powers and duties of the judiciary department as developed in Article III of the Constitution. Article III of the Constitution is very vague on the structure of the federal courts. Hamilton had to convince Americans that the federal courts would not run amok. He presented that the federal courts would not have unlimited power but that they would play a vital role in the constitutional government. Hamilton limited judiciary power by defining it as a text-bound interpretative power....   [tags: Alexander Hamilton, Federalist no. 78, USA, histor] 1100 words
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Illegal Immigration and the Federalist System - Illegal Immigration and the Federalist System The influx of illegal immigrants into the United States affects every level of government in a significant way. Although the actual effects of illegal immigration are hotly debated, it remains the government's difficult duty to balance the massive amounts of data and diversity of public opinion in order to best accommodate the overall will of its people. In recent times we have witnessed a vast disconnect between what constituents want for their state versus what the nation as a whole considers Constitutionally justifiable....   [tags: Immigration ]
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Aristotle's Legacy in the Federalist Papers - Aristotle's Legacy in the Federalist Papers While the government of the United States owes its existence to the contents and careful thought behind the Constitution, some attention must be given to the contributions of a series of essays called the Federalist Papers towards this same institution. Espousing the virtues of equal representation, these documents also promote the ideals of competent representation for the populace and were instrumental in addressing opposition to the ratification of the Constitution during the fledgling years of the United States....   [tags: Federalist Papers Essays]
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The Federalist - ... An indepth reading of the “The Federalist” will give some insite into the humility of the framers and the struggles faced with the birth of a new nation. “The Federalist authors considered themselves as not just inheriting a tradition, but transforming it. A representative government based upon claims to certain inalienable rights and deriving its sovereignty from “we the people” created the possibility of the development of truly democratic government,…” (Unknown) Although “The Federalist” was not intended to educate the rest of the county on what this new Constitution entailed, it did however spark enough interest to be published for further review so that the average citizen would know what his government was....   [tags: Cultural, Literary Significance]
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Alexander Hamilton’s First Federalist Paper - Alexander Hamilton’s First Federalist Paper Alexander Hamilton’s first Federalist Paper endorses ratification of the proposed constitution. His unifying point is that the use of reason—in the form of the people’s "reflection and choice"—will lead to the truth, whereas their use of passion will lead to ruin. Hamilton attempts to persuade his readers to make the correct decision by reminding them of the sheer importance of the matter. He suggests that "good men" will want to make the correct choice in light of their "true interests" (33), while the adversaries of the Constitution will be ruled by passions, deceit, and even weak minds....   [tags: Federalist Papers]
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The New Federalist Party - The New Federalist Party Part I As the sole member of the New Federalist party, it is with great honors that I now present to you the very first New Federalist platform. PREAMBLE The growing dissension between the two major political parties today has drawn them away from the public's views. It has been determined that the citizens of the United States cannot get what they want from the current major parties. Because of this, a total reconstruction of the current political structure is in dire need....   [tags: essays research papers] 3039 words
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Madison And Jefferson's Federalist Ideas - From 1801-1817 there was a clear separation of the United States. The Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties were in strong opposition of one another. Though the Republicans were usually characterized as strict constructionists, who were opposed to the broad constructionism of the Federalists, both Jefferson and Madison's presidencies highlighted Federalist ideals in many of their decisions. This included Jefferson's unconstitutional decision in purchasing the vast Louisiana territory and Madison's… The standard Democratic-Republican had many beliefs in which followed the Constitution whole heartily....   [tags: Political Science] 952 words
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Federalist - Federalist The Constitution came out to a world full of criticism. To put to sleep many of the objections that the critics had to the Constitution a number of those in favor of it such as Hamilton, Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist. While there were many arguments for the Constitution, there were two that played a major part in American life. The first major argument was that the powers of the government came directly or indirectly from the common people. The second argument stated that to keep the government in check there is a series of checks and balances that will not let one branch of government gain too much control....   [tags: Papers] 1180 words
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Federalist - After winning their independence in the American Revolution, America's leaders were hesitant to create a strong centralized government in fear that it would only replace King George III's tyranny. As a result, the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, gave the national government hardly any power over the states, and created chaos within the nation. Because of the Articles' inefficiency, a new document called the Constitution was drafted. The Constitution created a more centralized government with the separation of powers among executive, legislative, and judicial branches....   [tags: Political Science Politics] 1448 words
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The Federalist Party - If I was a citizen in the United States of America back in 1790, I would want to be part of the Federalist Party. The Federalist Party was created by Alexander Hamilton, and his party wants a strong central government in America with power given to the wealthy and political leaders. The only other party back then was the justly named Anti-Federalist party. The Anti-Federalist party was started by Thomas Jefferson and this party had completely opposite views to the Federalists. Anti-Federalists focused on power among the individual states, as opposed to having a powerful central government....   [tags: American Government] 825 words
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Federalist #10 - In “Federalist #10”, Madison describes the dangerous effects that factions can have on Republican government and on its people. Madison defines a faction as a group of citizens who unite under a shared cause, and work against other groups in order to achieve their means. Their means of achieving their goals may achieve adverse effects upon the rights of other citizens. Put in more modern terms, a faction could be reasonably compared to a special-interest group. The sort of faction that most endangers the liberty inherent in United States society are factions that contain a majority of the whole....   [tags: American History] 870 words
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