Presentation on theme: "The Battle for Ratification 1/23/2012. Clearly Communicated Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: – understand."— Presentation transcript:
Clearly Communicated Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: – understand and interpret the United States Constitution and apply it to present policy dilemmas. – understand why our national government works and why the American system of government is unique.
Opportunities to Discuss Course Content Today 12-2 (In a meeting from 11-12) Wednesday 10-2 Free Constitutions for anyone who stops by
The Rules The Constitution states that "ratification of the CONVENTIONS of nine States shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution". The Constitution was sent to the states, and immediately two opposing camps evolved
The Federalist Papers A media campaign of 85 editorials Published in New York Newspapers
Thoughts on Federalism "Every president of the United States since the Second World War as had a plan of a new revitalized federalism". Charles Robb- former Governor of Virginia. "There are two ways to empty a room in Washington: Hold a fund raiser for a defeated candidate or a debate on federalism" The New York Times
Federalism is a system in which power is constitutionally divided between a central government and a sub-national or local government.
A Federalist System meets the following The same people and territory are included in both levels of government. The nation's constitution protects units at each level of government from encroachment by the other units. Each unit is in a position to exert some leverage over the other.
Federalism is Not The Same as Checks and Balances The Same as the Federal Government (aka the national government)
Problems of the Articles States took advantage of each other States could ignore national law States were unwilling to give up their power
The Constitution addresses this Enumerated Powers Implied Powers Denying Powers to the States and Federal Govt
Enumerated Powers Powers expressly given to the National Government Most listed in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution
Implied Powers Stem from the Elastic Clause (Article I, Sec 8) The Congress shall have Power - To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Application of Elastic Clause McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) Upholds the elastic clause
Powers Denied to the Federal Government Article I Section 9 Slavery Regulation Keep trade flowing between the states Titles of nobility
The Supremacy Clause (Article I, Sec 4) National law is supreme Immigration Battles