U.S. Constitution

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U.S. Constitution

Basic PrinciplesPopular Sovereignty - the government´s authority comes from the people.Limited Government - limits government by estblishing guidelines for how the gov. may act.Separation of Power - divide the resposabilities of gov. among three branches.Checks and Balances - prevents the concentration and abuse of power.Federalism - protect the rights of states.

Supremacy Clause: "the federal government, in exercising any of the powers enumerated in the Constitution, must prevail over any conflicting or inconsistent state exercise of power."

Checks and Balances: divides power within the governmentLegislative checks Executive - They can overturn a veto with certain amount of votes. Legislative checks Judicial - They can appoint lower courts and have to approve Supreme Court justices. Executive checks Legislative - Can veto a bill. Executive checks Judicial - Can appoint Supreme Court justices. Judicial checks Legislative - Can declare something unconstitutional.

Who can propose Amendments? - CongressWho can ratify Amendments? - State Legislatures

Amending the ConstitutionTo propose an amendment:2/3 of both houses of Congress vote to propose and amendment2/3 of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national conventionTo ratify an amendment:3/4 of the state legislatures approve it3/4 of ratifying conventions in states approve it

The U.S. Contitution is considered a flexible document because as time goes on and new issues and concerns arise, the Constitution can be changed to meet the demands of the present and future.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html


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