The Importance Of The Articles Of Confederation In America

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“Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises to pay debt for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States, but all duties imports and excises uniform throughout the United States.” Congress doesn’t have the power to control taxes. Congress also doesn’t have the power to control commerce laws. The year is 1781 is it okay for Congress to have any power? If you look back in history at the year 1781 the thirteen colonies created the articles of confederation. The articles of confederation was created to unify the colonies. The thirteen states became independent and began to act alone and make decisions on the states best interest. The articles of confederation weakened the central government. …show more content…
Why do we have a congressman? Who is a part of congress? Congress consists of two significant groups the House of Representatives and the senate. Which is a grand total of about five hundred people maybe more. The House of Representatives are representatives of each state but it’s according to the population of the state on how many representatives each state has. So, it is up to us as citizens to do our due diligence too speak up about what our state needs. It is up to the representatives to speak for us and we pray that they are following good ethics and morals to do what is best for each state. The government created the constitution for the security of the people and also for different entities to secure that one political party doesn’t have too much power. One of those entities are the check and balances. It allows each branch of government to amend or veto laws to prevent one branch to have too much power. Example, the legislative branch (congress) can create a law but the president can veto it. The executive branch (the president) is responsible for foreign affairs but treaties with foreign governments require the senate’s approval. Like any other organization our government has pros and …show more content…
Mr. Aaron Ogden owns a steamboat and he had an exclusive licenses to operate his steamboat ferries between New Jersey and New York City on the Hudson River. Thomas Gibbons another steamboat company ran his steamboat thru the same route. Mr. Ogden basically thought he owned the Hudson River and he didn’t want any competition on his route. So, he decided to take Mr. Gibbons to court. The New York court agreed with Mr. Ogden and ordered Mr. Gibbons to cease operating his steamboat on the Hudson River. Mr. Gibbons appealed the decision. He went to the Supreme Court. Chief John Marshall ruled for Mr. Gibbons the court examined the word among in the commerce clause. The word among means intermingle with others. Mr. Marshall reversed the ruling and sided with Mr. Gibbons which made it okay to operate his steamboat. Does congress have the authority to control who can navigate thru there waters and also who can commerce or trade between states. Congress does have that authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among several states. A lot of people were curious about the phrase among several states. Does that mean with state to state or does that mean within an individual state. A court case name Gibbons v. Ogden decided that the national government can regulate within states as well if the commerce is affecting more than one state. Any commerce that is moving items or even people that is considered as commerce and can be regulated by Congress. Do I

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