Friday, September 5, 2014

Chapter 2, Part VII

Questions to Consider:

  • In what ways does the Constitution contrast the Declaration of Independence and place limits on individual liberties and a truly democratic government?
  • To what extent is the Constitution a democratic document?
    • Does the Bill of Rights balance out the limits to personal liberties that are proposed in other parts of the Constitution?
  • Why would the Constitution say nothing about who can and cannot vote?
    • Doesn't that in itself show that the original Constitution was undemocratic?
  • How has the government become more democratic over time?
    • What rights do we have now that we did not have when the Constitution was ratified?
    • Does this imply that the Constitution both limits the tyranny of the majority as well as its own tyranny?
  • Does the system of checks and balances make it difficult for government to act?
    • Does it, indeed, reduce the scope of government in allowing one section of government from being too powerful?

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