How Did The Framers Of The U.S Constitution Seek To Balance Liberty, Equality, And Order?

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The United States is a country that ever since it was found represented freedom for so many people. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and promised everyone life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The framers of the constitution wanted to create a strong Union where people were free, there was equality and most importantly there was order in this new Union that was being created. In this paper I will cover how the framers achieved those goals by using Federalist number 10, 51, 78, 15 and 39. The framers used a system of checks and balances in order to control all branches of the government to keep chaos from occurring. The framers also divided the ...view middle of the document...

In federalist 10 Madison gives a perfect example of trying to balance and establish: liberty, equality and order by saying that no man can serve as a judge in his own trial. The framers realize that most people think about themselves first before thinking of the greater good. Not being able to serve as a judge in your own trial represents liberty because you are allowed to have a trial, it also represents equality for the same reason. As well as introduces the concept that you are innocent till proven guilty, that you can defend yourself. However it also represents order because the government isn’t going to let someone who is at fault or could benefit from a certain verdict to make decisions about his or her own mistakes. And that a person might overlook what they have done regardless of what the right thing to do is. “No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause; because his interests would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity” (Madison 464).
The framers of the constitution knew that human nature was not perfect and they knew that people could be greedy therefore they knew that the government might get greedy as well. In the sense that the people who are in charge might not always want to do what's best for the people. To want their friends and family to be in charge and run the country in ways that benefited them instead of the people who they are representing. The framers came up with the idea to split the government up in three branches and have different elections for all three branches. “The remedy for this inconveniency is, to divide the legislature into different branches and to render them by different modes of election, and different principals of action, as little concerned with each other, as the nature of their common functions, and their common dependency on the society, will admit" (Madison 497).
The framers knew that the power that was given to those in government was very important and in order to establish order, equality and liberty that power needed to be controlled. They needed to make sure that the power that was given could be taken away at anytime. Dividing the government in separate branches was designed so that these people who were running the government had nothing to do with each other. That they had the power to stop one other from getting to powerfully or passing laws that were unjust and most importantly protecting the rights of the people. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition” (Madison 397).
The separation of government would also protect the rights of the minority and individual rights. This system doesn’t allow any groups of people to gain too much power regardless if they are in the government or not. Having the government divided in separated powers causes the government to actually look out for the best ways to establish justice, equality, liberty, and still have a strong enough government to establish order...

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