posted by Anonymous
Do you think our country's history would be different if the Articles of Confederation had remained as our constitution?
yes, I do think our country's history would be different if the Articles had remained as our Constitution. Power was given to the states, not the government. The government was so weak it had no means of being able to protect the states. This left the states vulnerable for outsiders such as France or Britain to rebel and enforce their own rule. The government had no means of enforcing any laws put into place. For example, all they could do was ask for each state to pay their taxes. Most times the states refused. With a national government lacking the means to raise funds for essential services such as establishing any type of armed forces for protections against those that would rebel whether within the states or from outside sources, left each state vulnerable to colonization. Colonized countries would consist of diverse and different nations that appeared more like Europe. States would develop their own distinctive culture and people from being disengaged politically from other states.
The governments rule was limited. For example, All it could do was ask if the states would follow the law and pay their taxes. Most states refused to do so. This left the government no choice but to print money to try and pay for its debt from the Revolutionary War. Inflation became rapid because of this. More currency was printed which created a much greater chance of currency being counterfeited with each state. Each state refused to accept any currency from any other state which left trade between the states obsolete. This created states to compete in trade with the European and West Coast ports.
... not the federal government. [Each state had its own government, too, remember, so you need to differentiate.]
... vulnerable to ...
Are some words and punctuation omitted from sentence 4?
... for protection ...
"... and people from being disengaged..." [I don't know what that means.]
The federal government's ... [need possessive form there]
... all it could do ...
... trade between the states obsolete <~~ Find a better word than "obsolete"
"This created states to compete ... " [different wording is needed]
Content is MUCH better!! Explanations really help!