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Too Much Democracy? Essay

566 words - 2 pages

Back in 1776 when the United States was only composed of thirteen states and the American people of those states had a fear of a powerful national government the Articles of Confederation were created and put into effect. The Articles of Confederation failed miserably and caused a lot of dispute which then led up to violence. All the problems of the articles were the results of too much democracy in the state governments. The articles caused democratic principles, equality and participation, to be violated. In the sense of equality, the Articles of Confederation did not give the Congress enough power and there were no Judicial or Executive branches. Basically, the Congress could not control what the states and the people in the states did. So in some cases the States took away property and money from loyalists, the people who were loyal to Great Britain but lived in the United States, and this violates the Democratic principle of equality. As for participation, the articles did not give the Congress enough power and control over the states(as mentioned earlier) so in some cases the people of a state voted in representatives that are more like them. So farmers and other common people would represent the state instead of the usual richer, smarter, property-owners because there are a lot more farmers in the population. In turn, these representatives did a poor job of it's responsibility to Congress. The state did not pay money or not enough money for Congress to do important things that would benefit the country. So participation was violated, the richer people of the states did not get to participate in...

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