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How did the United States Constitution, as originally adopted, limit majority rule?

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pwin14 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM via web

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How did the United States Constitution, as originally adopted, limit majority rule?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM (Answer #1)

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The Constitution did this in a number of ways.

First, it limited the influence that people would have over the government.  It allowed the people to directly elect the House of Representatives, but it did not allow direct elections of any other part of the government.  This would help to inhibit majority rule.

Second, it placed a number of restrictions on what the government could do.  It did not give it the right to regulate commerce within any state, regardless of what the majority wanted.  It did not give it the right to pass bills of attainder, even if the majority wanted to.

In these ways, the Constitution limited majority rule.

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