2 Compare and contrast the Declaration of Compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence and the Social Contract TheoryJohn Locke believed that people were born with certain “natural rights,” which included life, liberty, and property. He also advocated Social Contract Theory, which states that there is an implied contract between government and citizens.Thomas Jefferson asserted in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and that men are born with certain “inalienable rights,” which include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.The Declaration of Independence echoes the theories of John Locke in asserting natural rights, that government obtains its power from the consent of the people, and that citizens have the right to resist and/or replace it with a new system.
3 Evaluate the Declaration of Independence as a persuasive argument The Declaration of Independence makes these arguments:“All men are created equal”Unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessPowers of government from consent of the governedGrievances against the king of England, George IIIWhen revolution should occurWhen government becomes “destructive”Government should not be changed for “light or transient causes”After a long period of “abuses and usurpations”
4 QuestionWhich document formally proclaimed the American colonies’ independence from Great Britain?The social contractThe letters of the EnlightenmentThe Declaration of IndependenceThe writings of John Locke
8 Explain the main ideas in debate over ratification; Explain the main ideas in debate over ratification; include those in The FederalistFederalists favored a strong central government andsupported the Constitution.Anti-Federalists feared a strong central government. Believed the federal government could only do what the Constitution specifically said.The Federalist Papers- Essays written to persuade ratification of the Constitution by easing fears. Supported by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams.The Anti-Federalists agreed to ratify the Constitution if a Bill of Rights was added.
9 Explain the fundamental principles upon which of the United States Constitution is based; include the rule of law, popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism. Rule of law – the U.S. is a society governed by set laws. Everyone must obey the nation’s laws. Popular Sovereignty – the belief that the government is empowered by the will of its people. Eventually led to demand that all citizens be given the right to vote. Separation of Powers – power is divided by 3 Branches: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive. Checks & Balances – allows each branch to check the powers of the other two. Federalism – power is divided between different levels of government. In the U.S. the national and state governments share power.
10 Describe the structure and powers of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. Executive – President – enforces laws 1. 4-year terms, limited to 2 terms 2. Elected by Electoral College 3. Powers and Duties (Article II, Sections 2& 3) a. Commander-in-chief of armed forces b. Can make treaties c. Can appointment Supreme Court justices, Cabinet 4. The Vice-President and Cabinet are part of the executive branch
11 Legislative - Congress – makes laws BICAMERAL – Two HousesHouse of RepresentativesRepresentation based on populationAt least one per stateSpecial power to impeach, initiate tax billsPresiding officer – Speaker of the HouseSenateRepresentation is equal – 2 per stateSpecial power to approve President’s treaties and appointments (2/3 majority required)Serves as jury during impeachment trialsPresiding officer – Vice-President of the U.S.
12 Judicial – Supreme Court interprets laws 1. Highest court in the nation2. Court of final appeal3. Congress establishes inferior courts
13 Analyze the relationship between the 3 Branches in a system of Checks & Balances and Separation of Powers. See next slide
14 (and other Federal Courts) Can:Propose legislationVeto legislationCall special legislative sessionsRecommend appointmentsNegotiate foreign treatiesExecutive BranchThe PresidentEnforces the nation’s lawsHeads the armed forcesRepresents the nation in foreign affairsCan:Appoint federal judgesGrant pardons and reprieves to federal offendersLegislative BranchCongressPasses taxesMakes new lawsCan:Pass legislationOverride a presidential vetoConfirm executive appointmentsRatify treatiesAppropriate moneyImpeach and remove a PresidentJudicial BranchSupreme Court(and other Federal Courts)Decides whether or not laws are constitutionalCan:Declare executives actions and laws unconstitutionalCan:Create lower federal courts and judgeshipsImpeach judgesPropose constitutional amendments to override judicial decisionsApprove appointments of federal judgesCan:Declare legislation unconstitutional
15 QuestionThe idea of a legislative branch making the laws, an executive branch enforcing the laws, and a judicial branch overseeing application of the law is consistent withSeparation of powersChecks and balancesFederalismPopular sovereignty
19 Explain the relationship of state government to the national government. Under our federal system of government, power is divided between states and the national government.According to the 10th Amendment, any powers not specifically granted to the national government are reserved for the states.No state government may pass a law that violates the U.S. Constitution.
20 Define the difference between enumerated and implied powers Define the difference between enumerated and implied powers. Enumerated Powers are explicitly granted by the Constitution. Implied Powers are powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution.
21 Describe the extent to which power is shared Describe the extent to which power is shared. The Supremacy Clause states that the Constitution is the “supreme law of the land” and takes precedence over any state or local laws.
22 Identify powers denied to state and national governments Identify powers denied to state and national governments. Any powers expressly denied the national government are also denied to the states and no state government may pass a law that violates the U.S. Constitution.
23 Article 6: Constitution is the supreme law of the nation. Analyze the supremacy clause found in Article VI and the role of the U.S. Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.”Article 6: Constitution is the supreme law of the nation.- No federal, state, or local law canconflict with the Constitution.
24 Examine the Bill of Rights with emphasis on First Amendment freedoms. The Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution.The 1st Amendment guarantees the following for citizens:Freedom of speechFreedom of the pressFreedom to petition the governmentFreedom to assembleFreedom of religionSeparation of church and state
25 Analyze due process law expressed in the 5th and 14th Amendments. The 5th Amendment ensures that no person shall be imprisoned or deprived of his or her property without due process.Due process prevents government abuse and ensures citizens charged with a crime are not denied their rights during judicial hearings.The 14th Amendment makes it illegal for any state government to pass laws denying libertiesguaranteed under the Bill of Rights.
26 Explain how government seeks to maintain the balance between individual liberties and the public interest.Individual liberties are the personal freedoms every citizens enjoys under the Constitution.Public interest refers to those things which citizens have a common interest: public safety, national security, a healthy environment, protection from dangerous products in the market place, etc.At times, protecting public interest can infringe on individual liberties. For instance, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government passed the PATRIOT Act, which grants government officials greater freedom to monitor phone calls, s, and other forms of communication.Many appreciate such a law because it protects the public.Others, say such laws go too far because they invade citizens’ privacy and violate individual liberties.
27 Explain every citizen’s right to be treated equally under the law. Today, the Constitution has been amended so that, at least in theory, every U.S. citizen is given equal protection under the law regardless of skin color, gender, age, wealth, etc.
28 These civic duties include: U.S. citizens must fulfill a number of civic responsibilities in order for U.S. society to function.These civic duties include:Obeying lawsPaying taxesServing jury dutyPerforming public serviceRegistering for the draft (required for 18-year-old males)Political participationStaying well-informed
29 Describe the organization, role, and constituencies of political parties. The U.S. Constitution says nothing about political partiesDespite pleas from George Washington, political parties have become an important part of U.S. policies.Political parties are organizations that promote political beliefs and sponsor candidates.The U.S. operates on a two-party systemThese two parties are the Democrats and Republicans
30 Political parties serve the following functions: (Political parties continued)Political parties serve the following functions:They nominate candidates for officeCoordinate the actions of government officialsEstablish party platformsEach party has it general constituency, which is the people who make up and are represented by the party.Democrats are identified as more liberalRepublicans are generally more conservative
31 Describe the nomination and election process Local , state, and federal officials are voted into office by means of a general electionTo decide on a single nominee, primary elections are held to choose between candidates within the same partyIn presidential elections, the winner is not directly chosen by the people, but by the Electoral College.In a general election, whichever presidential candidate wins the most votes in a particular state is awarded ALL of that state’s votes in the Electoral College.Georgia currently has 15 electoral votes
32 U.S. Congress House of Representatives U.S. Senate Representation By population of state2 per stateLength of terms2 Years6 YearsLeadershipLed by Speaker of the HouseLed by Vice President and president pro tempore
33 Explain the steps in the legislative process. Introduce in Either House or Senate as a BillReferred to CommitteeDebated in floor of House or Senate and voted onGoes to other legislative body (House or Senate)YesYesYesYesNONONOGoes to PresidentNOKills Bill2/3 of each body (House and Senate) needed to pass over President’s vetoYesYesBecomes law
34 Explain the function of various leadership positions within the legislature. The top post in the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House.The Vice President presides over the Senate, but he/she only votes if his/her vote is needed to break a tie.When the Vice President is not present, the president pro tempore takes his/her placeThe two major parties with the Senate and House of Representatives have leaders.The majority leader is the elected leader of the majority partyConversely, the minority leader leads the minority party.
35 Duties and powers of the President: Chief Executive – the nation’s recognized leader and head of the executive branch. Ultimately responsible for enforcing the nation’s lawsCommander-in-chief – the top military commanderForeign policy leader – plays a major roles in deciding how the U.S. will deal will foreign countries and international situations. He/she is responsible for negotiating treaties and agreements with other nations. The president is the nation’s chief of state and it foremost representative.Appoints pubic officials – including heads of federal departments and federal judgesParty Leader – the president acts as the head of his/her political party.
36 Explain the impeachment process as defined in the U.S. Constitution. The president may be impeached (charged with wrongdoing while in office) by the House of Representatives if suspected of treason, bribery, or “other high crimes and misdemeanors.”If this occurs, the president stands trial in the SenateIf two-thirds of the Senate finds him/her guilty, then he/she is removed from office.Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither was found guilty.
37 Explain the functions of the Cabinet Members of the President's Cabinet act as his official advisory group(the president’s team) and head executive departments. The Presidentappoints members of his cabinet and the Senate must confirm them.Here is a list of the 15 executive departments.Department of AgricultureDepartment of CommerceDepartment of DefenseDepartment of EducationDepartment of EnergyDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of JusticeDepartment of LaborDepartment of StateDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of Veterans' AffairsDepartment of Homeland Security
38 Explain the jurisdiction of the federal courts and the state courts. U.S. Supreme CourtU.S Court of AppealsState Supreme CourtU.S. District CourtsAppellate CourtsSuperior CourtsLower Courts
39 Power of Judicial Review (Marbury v. Madison) Examine how John Marshall established the Supreme Court as an independent coequal branch of government through his opinions in Marbury v. Madison.Power of Judicial Review (Marbury v. Madison)Article 5: Amending the Constitution2/3 of both house of Congress may propose2/3 of states may call for national convention to propose (never used)Requires 3/4 of states to ratify (officially approve) before it becomes a permanent part of the U.S. Constitution
40 Describe how the Supreme Court decides cases. The Supreme Court Chooses which cases it will head.If a case is refused, the decision of the lower court will stand.If the Supreme Court accepts a case:Both sides will present written briefs (legal arguments)Supreme Court Justices will apply the Constitution when making their decisionAfter heading all arguments, the justices will voteThere are 9 justices, so 5 votes are needed for a majority
41 Treaties are formal international agreements between nations. Foreign policy refers to the United States’ relations with other nations and how it handles international situations. The president is predominantly responsible for determining the U.S.’ foreign policy.Diplomacy is the process of nations coming together to find peaceful solutions.The U.S. offers economic, humanitarian, and military aid to countries that are less developed or hurting as a result of a national disaster.Treaties are formal international agreements between nations.Sanctions are restrictions or policies placed on a country that may be violating international agreementsSanctions placed on North Korea for pursuing the development of nuclear weaponsMilitary intervention is the most drastic measure for dealing with international conflicts.The U.S. has been involved in Iraq and now Afghanistan and Pakistan fighting the war on terror.
42 QuestionThe U.S. Constitution gives state governments the authority to be involved in all of the following areas exceptTax collectionPublic educationTreaty negotiationHighway construction
44 QuestionWhat is the main purpose of the national conventions that the Republican and Democratic parties hold every four years?To organize state primariesTo develop legislative strategiesTo caucus about foreign-policy issuesTo nominate presidential candidates
48 QuestionWhat is the primary function of leaders within the Legislative branch of the U.S. federal government?To introduce bills proposed by the presidentTo advance the goals of their political partiesTo carry out federal laws passed by both houses of CongressTo confirm the constitutionality of bills with the Supreme Court.
49 AnswerB. To advance the goals of their political parties
50 QuestionWhat is the purpose of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution?To limit the federal government’s powersTo expand the courts’ authority to review federal lawsTo guarantee citizens’ voting rights regardless of race or genderThe establish checks and balances between the executives and legislative branches.
51 AnswerA. To limit the federal government’s power
52 Question Which idea from Social Contract Theory is expressed within the U.S. Declaration of Independence?Congress must consist of two legislative housesPolitical term limits are necessary for all elected officials.Government authority comes from the consent of the governed.Individual citizens must be protected by a federal bill of rights.
53 AnswerC. Government authority comes from the consent of the governed.
54 QuestionHow the U.S. chooses to interact with other nations and handle international situations is known asDiplomacyForeign policyMilitary interventionInternational sanctions
58 Question Congress is composed of The federal judiciary The House of Representatives and the U.S. SenateThe executive branchThe cabinet and the federal bureaucracy
59 AnswerB. The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
60 QuestionThe authority of the Supreme Court to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional was established in which court case?Marbury b. Madison (1803)McCullough v. Maryland (1819)Korematsu v. United States (1944)Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
62 QuestionNicholas Davis is extremely disappointed. Although the president of the United States nominated him to serve on the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate voted down his nomination. This scenario is an example of which principle at workSeparation of PowersPopular SovereigntyThe Legislative branchChecks & Balances