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In what ways did the Constitution's Founding Fathers limit democracy?

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georgesanchez21 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM via web

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In what ways did the Constitution's Founding Fathers limit democracy?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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The Founding Fathers limited democracy in a number of ways.  Mostly, they did this by reducing the extent to which the people had influence over the government.  They allowed the people to vote for only a very limited set of government officials.  The people did not get to vote directly for the President, the Senate, or the Supreme Court.  They only got to vote for the members of the House of Representatives.  In addition, the Framers set various limits on what the government could do.  For example, they prohibited the making of laws that impaired the "obligation of contracts."  This prevented the people from being able to push through laws like the stay laws that were wanted by the people in Shays's Rebellion.  In these ways and others, the Constitution placed limits on democracy.

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