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Preamble
states the six goals of the constitution; to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to insure domestic tranquility, to provide for the common defense, to promote the general welfare, to secure the blessings of liberty
Article I
Legislative Branch: Congress= powers to pass laws
Article II
Executive Branch: President=powers to enforce
Article III
Judicial Branch: Supreme Court/Federal Courts=power to interpret laws
Article IV
How states deal with each other
Article V
How to pass an amendment
Article VI
National Supremacy
Article VII
ratification/ what it takes to pass an amendment
Amendment Process
change to the constitution, requires ratification (agreement of congress or State Legislature) requires 2/3 votes approval of congress must then be approved by state legislature with 3/4 of the fifty state legislatures
Necessary & Proper Clause
(elastic clause)
this claim gives congress the right to make all laws "necessary & proper"
Popular Sovereignty
the domination of a single sect of government supported by a majority
Rule of Law
states principles of law following
Seperation of Powers
the Executive, Legislative, & judicial branches
Basic Parts of Constitution
preamble, seven articles
Two ways to amend the constitution
present to state legislature, present to congress
Explain principles underlying the constitution
delegated-national or federal powers, Reserved Powers- state powers, Concurrent- shared powers(both)
discuss the flexibility of the constitution
the constitution was designed in order to be changed as time moved on.
Checks & Balances
a limitation on one branch of government
Federalism
supportation of the constitution
Supremacy Clause
passed supreme law over the people