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September 15, 2010 The U.S. Constitution and Federalism 1. What makes a political system a democracy? a. Democracy: political system in which regular elections exist in which two or more competing groups or individuals contended for control of the government b. Important side conditions b.i. A reasonable percentage (for example, over 80%) of adults (males?) are eligible to vote in the elections b.ii. The competition is reasonable fair with competitors having relatively similar access to the media and with a free press and free speech 2. Some historical background to the U.S. Constitution a. Articles of Confederation proceeded—states were in control; did not empower the individual…like 13 individual countries with a weak associations b. Shay’s Rebellion—farmers who fought in the Revolutionary War homes were threaten with foreclosures and when farmers up in arms and without adequate authority, the US government was seen as week 3. How would we as a class organize a book publishing company? Triangle Publishing Text Book Division Popular Book Division High School—50 Fiction 10 College—20 Nonfiction 10 Professional—10 a. Divisions would not each have to agree or there is no change and the owner has no sway—total chaos 4. What were the goals and concerns of the framers? a. Madison—if men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angles were to govern men, no controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administrated by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the government; and in the next place oblige it to control itself a.i. Cannot trust the people or their rule. a.ii. That is why bicameral legislative and a ruling constitution, and also a controlling president a.iii. Operating in a time where people did not expect the government to do too much b. Beginning of Declaration of Independence v. Constitution Preamble
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Sept. 15 - September 15, 2010 The U.S. Constitution and...

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