What were three issues with the Articles of Confederation?

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Many of the issues of the Articles of Confederation revolved around its weakness. Let us look at a few of them. 

  • The Articles lacked an independent executive. Under the Articles, there was no executive, or President, to make important decisions, and to enforce the policies of the government. The new...

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Many of the issues of the Articles of Confederation revolved around its weakness. Let us look at a few of them. 

  • The Articles lacked an independent executive. Under the Articles, there was no executive, or President, to make important decisions, and to enforce the policies of the government. The new Constitution tried to remedy this by a power executive in the form of the President.
  • Under the Articles of Confederation, the Congress had no power to tax. The Congress could request funding from the states, but this was not a coercive power. This caused a major problem, because the new government emerged from the Revolutionary War with a mountain of debt that was impossible to pay.
  • The government under the Articles could only be altered with the consent of all of the states. This in effect prevented its alteration or amendment, since it was virtually impossible to secure unanimous approval for any measures. For that matter, nine of the thirteen states had to agree to pass a law, which was almost as difficult. 

Due to these weaknesses and others, the national government under the Articles of Confederation was weak and unable to deal with the challenges that confronted it in the postwar era. 

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