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POLISCI Notes - POLISCI Notes Results from Constitutional...

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Results from Constitutional Convention: -ratification process (slow but everyone eventually ratifies) -Rhode Island last. Under Articles: States did whatever. -Guard national government against the states. -Congress should be in the position to veto state laws—no longer the case. -Supreme Law of the land: Supremacy Clause: at the state level -implied powers. --If not a federal power, to the states or to “the people” (not citizens of the state) >in 14 th amendment, are they citizens of states or of the United States? -healthy fear of mobocracy -At this time, Senate represents States. Only indirectly did they care for the state’s citizens. -House: lower chamber (people), Senate: “filled with wise men” -President not directly elected. Direct election was not a viable option for them. Went to great lengths for electoral college. - Guards against the people, guards against one branch -Legislative and executive struggles. -Concentrated power would be the most dangerous form of power at the national level. –Spreading it out would allow them to act when something horrific happened. Yet no power-grab that a more concentrated power set would allow. (No single branch domination) -Legislative body is where the people pull the strings. -Electoral college never fully convenes.
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2011 for the course POLS 1001 taught by Professor Cann during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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