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Too little democracy - Our government has to have a limit to the amount of democracy granted to the people. When we were under the Articles of Confederation, there was too much democracy floating around the country, and this is what led to the disaster known as Shays Rebellion. This was a perfect storm, however, because it showed founding fathers that, with too much power, the majority can be tyrannical too. For example, the debtor faction were given too much power in their local state governments, and began to pass tyrannical laws that benefited themselves. Federalist 10 speaks of a “superior force of an interested and overbearing majority”. This majority (the debtors) cannot be granted so much democracy that they begin to make corrupted laws that only benefit their own faction.

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First of all, the Federal Government NEEDS to have taxing power in order to create revenue for the country. This revenue can be used for a standing army as well as infrastructure of the country. Without this source of money, the government is weak. If the central government is weak, the country is weak. The Federal Government needs this power. In addition, allowing states to emit their own paper money is a terrible mistake. We found out under the Articles of Confederation that states having their own currencies is terrible for business and logistics. In addition, even if the states printed the same currency, it would be impossible to monitor the amount of money being printed if different states were in charge of the processes themselves.

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The Necessary and Proper clause is a good way for Congress to make important decisions which may extend outside their enumerated powers. There are very important occasions in our history in which Congress has used this enumerated power to make a decision. In addition, this is NOT unlimited power. The structure of government as stated in the Constitution allows separation of power and checks and balances which makes using the Necessary and Proper Clause (Elastic Clause) for tyrannical motives impossible. If a faction were to try to use the elastic clause to support their own group, the other two branches of the federal government can deny this decision.

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Without a standing army, how would we be able to go declare war or protect ourselves in an organized fashion? Simply put, minimally trained militias are not able to organize and defend the country against imposing threats. We need a strong central government with a strong, paid, standing army that can defend the states from harm. Simple militias are unorganized, and can embarrass the country in front of real military threats.

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Bill of Rights-

A Bill of Rights being included in the Constitution is not wise in the interest of the common welfare. Why? Well, by listing the rights of the people in the Bill of Rights, you are essentially LIMITING our rights. When specific rights are listed in this bill, it could be interpreted that these are the only rights that citizens contain. Federalist 84 claims that, “I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and to the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers not granted; and, on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted.” It is obvious that a Bill of Rights is a dangerous institution that could be used to manipulate the people, dwindling their power.

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Supremacy Clause -

The Constitution MUST be accepted as the Supreme Law of the Land. The Supremacy Clause of The Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) states that the Constitution, “...shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” The supreme laws are restricted to the enumerated powers that our central government is responsible for using. These laws include coining money, declaring war, supporting armies, collecting tax, etc. These powers MUST be enumerated to the congress. Without the Supreme Law of the Land being created by a strong central government, the Federal Government cannot fulfill its responsibilities stated in the preamble: to make a more perfect union, etc.to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, etc.

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