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I believe that the United States Constitution does not truly reflect a federalistsystem In fact I believe that the federalist system in which states haveconsiderable power to exercise was all but abolished by the United StatesConstitution In answering this question American Government by Peter Wolfgives a few examples of what Federalism meant back in the late 1700s and whyduring the framing of the Constitution there was a big debate between federalistsand anti-federalists That Federalism furnishes the means of unitingcommonwealths into one nation under one national government withoutextinguishing their separate administrations legislatures and local patriotismsWolf 63 Back in that time period the anti-federalists wanted many limitationsif there was to be one national government where as the federalists wanted onenational government controlling all the states Federalism as a whole attracted greater attention than any other subject during the framing of the Constitution Itis easy to understand why the anti-federalists didnt want to get involved withanother central government considering they had sought freedom from anoppressive British government But in 1787 the federalists won the debate duringthe Constitutional Convention which resulted in sovereign states giving up asignificant portion of their authority to a new national government Wolf 51 In the beginning though only a few powers were granted to the nationalgovernment This was before the establishment of the executive and judicialbranches of our government that we are familiar with todayWith the creation of the three branches of our government I believe thatstates had lost some considerable power The executive and judicial branches arefederal branches of government while the legislative branch is the only branchthat is represented by each state Some may argue that this is the most powerfulbranch of our government but I believe that the executive branch has the most power Congress does have considerable power to make laws but the presidentcan veto which in my opinion is the biggest force that you can hand to one person After being vetoed Congress could still make the law but
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