The framers of the U.S. Constitution in many ways representated the general concern of the colonists about the

The framers of the U.S. Constitution in many ways representated the general concern of the colonists about the power of government to abuse the citizens' freedoms and liberties. How does the constitution protect against the abuse of power?

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  • Pandak
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    1 decade ago
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    The basic limitation on the abuse of power is a divided government (with three branches) and a free press. In the event of a united government (a one-party state) such as we have now, there are no real limits besides laws, but if laws are abused, then there is no safeguard. We no longer have a free press--the press is owned by corporations, some foreign owned. The only safeguard left is the people who by voting can change the government, but when the government controls the voting mechanisms, all we have now is a banana republic with the foxes in charge of the chicken coops. So, in effect, there are no more safeguards. The US is toast.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Bill of Rights,

    the separation of powers,

    the fact that the sovereignty of the Government is derived entirely from the governed.

    (The right to bear arms has nothing to do with hunting or protection from criminals, incidentally.)

  • 1 decade ago

    That is what the checks and balances system (three branches of government) is supposed to be for. However, that system doesn't work if the majority of all three agree with each other.

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