Second American Crisis

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The First and Second American Crisis The first American crisis started after the Articles of Confederation were issued. These articles shaped the constitution of the United States at that time and limited the power of the central government over the country. Individual state government had more power than the central government. This limited power that the central government had at that time prevented it from passing several laws including the taxation laws. The issue of limited power exposed the central government to a weak situation confronting the other states government regarding its authoritative legitimacy. However, the taxation laws would strengthen the central government over the country. The other states rejected the taxation laws …show more content…
A political historian who teaches at American University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Allan J. Lichtman says, “The articles were explicitly designed to have a weak central government and very strong state governments” (American). Each state had the ability to pass its own laws in whatever preferred form. Since the central government was weak, it could not have enforced laws on all the states including taxation laws. A former professor of history at Marymount University, Dr. Patrick Mullins says, “The revolutionaries wanted to keep the Congress very limited in power for fear that it could become another British parliament and whatever power the state would give to it, it might turn that power against them so they made sure that the real power government remain on the state level” (American). The revolutionaries fought the British for the independence. The cost of that war left a debt that needed to be paid. At that time the central government was not having a reliable source of revenues to pay the debt. Not only the debt, also to pay for the national defense and general welfare. Each state was carrying the national defense and general welfare on its own. Each state had an independent treasury that financing its …show more content…
Nowadays, the United States is facing another crisis that is threatening security alongside with economy. The conflict between the United States and Russia has been threatening the economy and the national security since the Cold War until today. Both countries have been engaging with each other indirectly through proxy wars. Some of these proxy wars, forced the United States to engage directly. Not to mention that wars cost the country a great deal of money, it is also creating a lot of enemies that hold threats to the United States other than Russia. In the Soviet-Afghani War (1979-1989), the United States supported a group of people to fight against the Soviet Union. That group is responsible of many issues the country is facing till now. ”In 2012, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, conducted an interview with Greta Van Susteren wherein Clinton admitted that the US trained the People’s Mojahedin of Iran or the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) in Afghanistan when the US was engaged in using the terrorist faction against the Russians” (Posel). One of the side effects that caused by the conflict with Russia, was the creation of Al-Qaeda that was responsible for 9/11 attacks. Clinton said: “When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan we had this brilliant idea that we were gonna come to Pakistan and create a force of Mujahideen, equip them with stinger missiles, and everything else and go after the

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