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POSC 100: Week 3 Notes

by: Laura Pratt

POSC 100: Week 3 Notes Posc 100

Laura Pratt
Long Beach State
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Date Created: 01/29/16
Outline of Presentation on Wasserman, chap. 2 I.  Why have a Constitution? A. Would politics be possible without a Constitution?    The constitution defines our idea of politics  If we didn’t have rules those with resources would be able to impose themselves on  the rest  Politics would be possible without a constitution because we still have rules in  society and power is still present but people will want to coexist  Pg. 19 we need a constitution to put limits on the game – it means that the  participants in the game aren’t going to restrain themselves but outside forces need  to restrain the players in the political game  Constitution limits the political game for the elites – they may take liberties at the  expense of others  The question of who gets what where and how (the who is left open because it is  possible that the people with little resources can benefit from the constitution) II. The Articles of Confederation, our first, failed constitution A. Distinctive features of the Articles, and how they were different from our present  Constitution.    There was only power put in state governments  Had no executive or judicial system established  The states had to approve Amendments to articles (needed 9/13 state’s  approval)  Congress could NOT impose taxes  Confederation DID have the power to declare war  These established a feeble central government  The states did not want a national government because they wanted to  govern themselves  Confederation is an alliance that depends on circumstances  Did not want to have a repeat of what happened under British crown B. How can the Articles be defended?  Why were they regarded as a failure?  Tried out a system where only the states have power – gave an example of  what to do in future constitutions  Shay’s rebellion – mob action – their target was the elite – there will be more  have nots than haves III. Our present Constitution—the longest­lasting written Constitution of any country A.  Politics in the writing of the Constitution.  Great Compromise – giving each state equal representation or based on  population  Three­fifths compromise – states wanted to count slaves as a full person to  have more representation in the house of representative but other states did  not want them to count as a full vote because certain states had so many of  them and did not consider them as citizens  Differences between the two major parties (Federalists and anti­federalists) B. Could the Constitution have been written without politics?  No – politics is what guided the creation of the constitution C. Public and private interests in the writing of the Constitution.  The framers are said to have had private interests for why they wanted to  draft the constitution (e.g. maintain power, maintain property)  However, the framers also wanted to establish the inherent freedoms the  citizens of America had so that the government could never infringe upon  them IV. Contradictions in the Foundations of the Constitution ­ Framers wanted to establish freedoms but also wanted to establish limits ­ Contradictions are inherent in the Constitution as the motives surrounding its creation  were wide and varied ­ Limited government – powers of the government are limited by the rights and liberties of  the governed


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