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18 Cards in this Set

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What is the Preamble?
The Preamble is the introduction to the Constitution.
What are articles?
Different sections within the constitution that outline the structure of our government.
How many articles are in the constitution?
Describe constitutionalism?
The government must conduct according to the constitution.
What is the separation of powers?
The distribution of powers to 3 branches in government.
What is the system of checks and balances used for?
To keep all of the 3 branches of government in check and equal in power to the other 2.
What is one of the checks and balances that the executive branch has over the legislative branch?
The president can veto an incoming bill.
What is Judicial Review?
The courts power to determine the constitutionality of government action.
What is unconstitutional?
To declare illegal, null and void, no force or effect.
What is federalism?
The division of power by a constitution among a central and regional governments.
What is an amendment?
A change to or addition to the words of the Constitution.
What is a formal amendment?
A change or addition to the written words of the Constitution by 4 methods.
What is the Bill of Rights?
The first 10 amendments that ensure us rights.
How many amendments are there?
What is an executive agreement?
A pact made by the president with a head of state.
What is a treaty?
A formal agreement by 2 or more head of states.
What is the electoral college?
The group that elects the nation's president.
What is the cabinet?
The advisory group to the president.