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17 Cards in this Set

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Amend (Amendment)
to change; a written change or addition in the Constitution.
Ratification (Ratify)
to approve; approval of the Constitution in 1787 or of a constitutional amendment.
members of the House of Representatives or a person who represents a group of people in the government.
Constitution of the United States of America
the plan of government approved in 1789 to be the “supreme law of the land”.
Federal Government
the national government of our nation.
Legislative Branch
the branch of our federal, state or local government that makes the laws.
Executive Branch
the branch of our federal, state or local government that carries out the laws.
Judicial Branch
the branch of the federal, state or local government that decides if laws have been broken and that punishes lawbreakers.
a proposed law being considered by a lawmaking body.
Checks and Balances
the way in which the powers of government are balanced, or divided, among three branches, so that each branch may check, or limit, the other branches.
The heads of the executive departments in the federal government, who also act as advisors to the President.
Bill of Rights
the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which set forth the basic rights, or freedoms, guaranteed to all Americans.
Unwritten Constitution
the traditional ways of doing things in our federal government that are seldom written down or made into laws.
Based on a theology or religious faith. It is a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler and the God’s or deity’s laws are being interpreted by govt officials.
Complete disorder that can result from having no government or laws.
Divine Right
the doctrine that monarchs derive their right to rule directly from God and are accountable only to God.
Under a socialist system the government has ownership over the countries basic goods and services (communication, transportation, health care, power, etc.); however, some services, are owned by private businesses