In class today, we were talking about why the Americans created such a weak federal government that was later refined to be stronger. I just though it was interesting how the Americans took the British government and formed a government opposite to that of the British based on their experiences and grievances. The people were afraid of tyranny and too much power in the central government, so they made a weak federal government with stronger state governments under the Articles of Confederation. Upon seeing the lack of success in the Articles of Confederation, people decided to give the federal government more power under the Constitution. I think that it is very natural for people who were unhappy under any given government to shift to the opposite type of government. If people are unhappy under any given government, I think it is very natural for them to desire a government that is antithesis of the original government. In general, people want to move away from the ideas that are harmful or upsetting to them, which is also true why applied to government. The Americans did exactly this when creating the Articles of the Confederation. Even if the people change the government to an opposite extreme that doesn’t allow the government to function, it can then be adjusted. For example, under the Articles of Confederation, the federal government did not have enough power, so it had to be changed. Government is a very delicate thing and finding the right government that satisfies the needs of a country is very difficult. I think that in many cases, forming a new government or editing the old one is a process that consists of much trial and error. I will be very interested to see how other governments are created in other time periods and under different circumstances throughout history.