Essay on The Founding Fathers Created The Articles Of Confederation

1867 Words Oct 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States once said “A house divided against itself cannot stand (1).” This holds true as shown by the history of the United States. Much like a house, the US cannot hope to function if its states are asunder. As a response to this problem, the Founding Fathers created the Articles of Confederation. The Articles marked a leap forward to a stable government. Giving more power to the state governments was done in order to preserve the notion of individual liberty instead of a having a potential dictator govern. This idea was influenced by the ideas behind the American Revolution. The purpose of the revolution was to break away from what the colonists deemed as a tyrannical figure. However this document had some flaws. In the United States, Federalism had to be tweaked a few times in order to satisfy the needs of the people and the country as a whole. In the first time around, the national government was weaker than the state governments. This proved to be a problem because the national government could barely function while also having the task of regulating America. For example, “The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the legislatures of the several states within the time agreed upon by the United States in congress assembled (3).” The state governments had the power to not pay taxes to the national government. This proved to be inefficient since money is needed to prove…

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