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1 United States Government Structure,Roles,andResponsibilitiesof theUnited States Government
2 6 principles of the Constitution Popular SovereigntyLimited GovernmentSeparation of PowersChecks and BalancesJudicial ReviewFederalism
3 Popular SovereigntyThe belief that the legitimacy of the state (nation) is created by the will or consent of its people, who are the source of all political power.Government has no powerunless “We the People”give it to them.
4 Popular SovereigntyIt is closely associated to the Enlightenment philosophers, among whom are Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.A little rebellion now and then...is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, rd president of US ( )How can we rebel against our government?
5 Popular Sovereignty The doctrine of popular sovereignty was used to decide the slavery issuein new territories. Thepeople that lived in the territories (not Congress)would decide whether or not to allow slavery in theindividual territories.Was it a good idea to allow the people decide the fate ofslavery or should Congress decide?
6 Limited GovernmentThe Declaration of Independence stated the concept of limited government.Governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed"The few and limited powers of the United States governmentare enumerated and defined in the people's fundamental law—the Constitution, as amended.This is the basis of Rule-of-Law
7 Rule of Law, is the principle that no one is above the law Rule of Law, is the principle that no one is above the law. The rule follows logically from the idea that law, is based uponfundamental principles which can be discovered, but which cannot be created through an act of will. The most important application of the rule of law is the principle that governmental authority is legitimately exercised only in accordance with written, publicly disclosed laws adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedural steps that are referred to as due process. The principle is intended to be a safeguard against arbitrary governance, whether by a totalitarian leader or by mob rule. Thus, the rule of law is hostile both to dictatorship and to anarchy.
8 Separation of powerThree separate branches: executive, judicial, and legislative. The three branches are distinct and have checks and balances on each other. In this way, no one branch can gain absolute power or abuse the power they are given.
9 Separation of powerThe executive branch is headed by the President and includes the bureaucracy. The legislative branch includes both houses of Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial branch consists of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts.
10 Checks and balancesGuarantees that no part of the government becomes too powerful. For example, the legislative branch is in charge of making laws. The executive branch can veto the law, making it harder for the legislative branch to pass the law. The judicial branch may also say that the law is unconstitutional and thus make sure it is not a law.
12 Judicial reviewThe doctrine under which legislative and executive actions are subject to review, and possible invalidation, by the judiciary.Does the Constitution give the Supreme Court the power to invalidate the actions of other branches of Government?
13 FederalismAmerican system of government in which the powers of government are divided between the national government, which governs the whole nation, and the state governments which govern the people of each state, creating what is often called a federation.
14 Federalism The 10th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the doctrine of Federalism"The powers not delegated to the United States by theConstitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, arereserved to the States respectively, or to the people."Should the states have more power to govern its citizens thanthe federal government, why or why not?
16 Purposes of Government Outlined in the Preamble of the United States Constitution, it was the Founding Fathers' intent to have the federal government perform six fundamental functions.
17 The first part of the Constitution is called the Preamble. It tells what our founding fathers set out to doWe the people In order to form a more perfect union, Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,Provide for the common defense, Promote the general welfare and Secure the blessings of liberty To ourselves and our posterity Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
18 Form a more perfect union While initially, the colonies weren't united, they soon came to realize that there is strength in solidarity and as such formed an alliance with one another. The Constitution provide for such a union.
19 Establish JusticeThough the term justice is open to interpretation, the explanation most widely accepted is that the law must be fair, unbiased, and logical. While these standards we are not always met within this nation, the American people wish to strive for such ideals.
20 Common DefenseProvide a military to defend its citizens and territories against the enemies of the state.
21 Secure the blessings of liberty The American nation was built around the ideals of individual freedom and liberty, however, the Founding Fathers also came to the realization that certain boundaries must be set forth in order to ensure that such liberties would not breach those of other citizens'.
22 Promote the General Welfare The role of the government to provide the American people with services and regulations that are for the public good. Such regulations may include health and food standards, public education, and consumer protection.
23 Insure Domestic Tranquility The government must provide order in society and allow for domestic peace. It must also present the nation from ever ascending into anarchy.
24 The Legislative Branch The SenateThe House ofRepresentativesCongressPowers found in Article Iof The ConstitutionMakes the laws
25 Powers found in Article II The Executive BranchCarries out the lawsPowers found in Article IIof The ConstitutionPresidentVice PresidentThe CabinetThe Bureaucracy
26 Powers found in Article III The Judicial BranchInterprets the lawsPowers found in Article IIIof The Constitution
27 The Constitution is the highest law of the land Our country is based on concept of rule of law.No one is above the lawThere are two ways judges and others view the Constitution:Strictly or looselyThe 1st Amendment states: Congress shall make no lawrespecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the freeexercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of thepress; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and topetition the government for a redress of grievances.Abridging means to shorten without losing the sense or curtail. Are you a strict constructionist or a loose constructionist?Decide by answering the following question.What does freedom of speech mean to you?
28 What would these guys say today? Does the 1st Amendment clause of “freedom of speech” includeThe Internet?Twitter?Texting?s?These things didn’t exist during the time of the Framers.What would these guyssay today?
29 Alexander Hamilton believed in a loose construction of the Thomas Jefferson believed ina strict construction of the Constitution; that means, he believed people should follow exactly what was stated and allowed in the document. Anything not given to thefederal government in the Constitution would be givento the states and the people.Alexander Hamilton believed in a loose construction of theConstitution; he thought you could take whatever action you wanted, as long as the document did not specifically say you couldn't do it.In other words a strict constructionist would feel the need tofollow the specific instructions and rules of something, whilea loose constructionist would feel it was acceptable to find aloophole, or do something not directly forbidden
30 Strict or Loose Constructionist Roe v. Wade is the historic Supreme Court decision overturninga Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legalin the United States. The Roe v. Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without restriction, and with restrictions in later months, based on the right to privacy.The case decision was based on the 9th Amendment. The Court said the 9th Amendment protected a person’s right to privacy. Read the 9thAmendment and see what you think.All state laws limiting women's access to abortions during thefirst trimester of pregnancy were invalidated by Roe v. Wade.State laws limiting such access during the second trimesterwere upheld only when the restrictions were for the purpose ofprotecting the health of the pregnant woman. Roe v. Wadelegalized abortion in the United States, which was not legal atall in many states and was limited by law in others.
31 Strict or Loose Constructionist Time Magazine article from June 2008The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision overturning Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban is the biggest gun rights ruling since the Second Amendment was ratified in The Court had not waded into this divisive issue since 1939, when it declared, "We cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear" arms. But on Thursday the Court broke its silence to do just that, ruling for the first time that the Constitution confers an individual right to gun ownership beyond providing for "a well regulated Militia," as the amendment states. The Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home,"Justice Antonin Scalia, the court's arch-conservative, wrotein the majority opinion.You decide!
32 Strict or Loose Constructionist In 1808, the government of New York granted a steamboat company a monopoly to operate its boats on the state's waters, which included bodies of water that stretched between states. Aaron Ogden held a license under this monopoly to operate steamboats between New Jersey and New York. Thomas Gibbons, another steamboat operator, competed with Aaron Ogden on this same route but held a federal coasting license issued by an act of Congress. Ogden filed a complaint in New York court to stop Gibbons from operating his boats, claiming that the monopoly granted by New York was legal even though he operated on shared, interstate waters. Gibbons disagreed arguing that the U.S. Constitution gave Congress the sole power over interstate commerce. After losing twice in New York courts, Gibbons appealed the case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court determined that the commerce clause of the Constitution grants the federal government the power to determine how interstate commerce is conducted.Huh???
33 Which branch of government is mainly responsible for passing laws, approving budgets, and approving appointmentsof officials?Which branch of the national government is the U.S. Congressin?The Supreme Court hears important legal cases, andhas the power of "judicial review." That means the SupremeCourt has the power to declare a law ____________. Which branch of government is mainly responsible executingthe laws, preparing budgets, administering governmentagencies, and appointing officials?
34 Which branch of the national government is the president the head of?Which Supreme Court case declared abortion is illegal?Someone who follows the Constitution word for word anddoes not interpret what it is meant say is known asa _______________________________What does “rule of law” mean?What is meant by domestic tranquility?The Preamble includes the phrases “establish justice”and “secure the blessings of liberty. ” The Pledge ofAllegiance contains the words, “with liberty and justice for all.”What do the terms liberty and justice mean to you?
35 Powers of Government Federal Powers State Powers delegated – These powers are also called expressed or enumerated powers.They are directly granted to the federal government by the Constitution in Article I,Section 8.reserved – powers that are neither granted to the federal government nor expressly forbidden to the states and are therefore retained by the states or by the people. 10th Amendment.concurrent –powers heldby both thefederal andstategovernments.
36 Implied Powers implied (necessary and proper clause, elastic clause) – the powers granted to the federal government in Article I,Section 8, Clause 18, of the Constitution. Congress is giventhe power to make all laws “necessary and proper” to carryout its responsibilities. Aka the elastic clause because it givesCongress powers that can be reasonably inferred from thebrief wording of its expressed powers.What is an example of an necessary and proper law?
37 Denied Powers These are the powers expressly denied to the federal government in Article I, Section 9 and in the First throughEighth Amendments; for example, the federal governmentcan not tax goods sold to other countries, nor can it passlaws that significantly restrain our constitutional rights andliberties.
38 Denied Powers Suspension of habeas corpus Bills of Attainder Ex post facto laws
39 prisoner before the court. Habeas CorpusBills of AttainderEx post facto lawsA court ordercommanding anofficer holding aprisoner bring theprisoner before the court.The officer must show good cause in order to hold the prisonerlonger.Inflicting punishmentwithout a court trial.Remember a personis due a speedy andpublic trial.Punishingsomeone foran act beforethe act wasruled a crimeWhich of the Bill of Rights reflect these denied powers of government?
40 Reserved Powers Powers given to the states, among these are: Licensing Marriage and divorce lawsDrinking ageSet up public school systemsWhat are some other powers states have that theFederal government does not?
41 Supremacy ClauseSupremacy Clause- Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution,establishes two principles. The federal government is superiorover all state and local governments. It also establishes theConstitution as the “supreme law of the land,” making itsuperior over all levels of government in the United States.
42 Some terms to know and apply Preamble to the Constitutionpurposes of governmentdomestic tranquilitycommon defensegeneral welfarejusticelibertyGovernmental powers:delegatedconcurrentreservedimplied (necessary and proper clause, elastic clause)denied
43 Some terms to know and apply Limits on government:checks and balancesseparation of powersfederalismjudicial reviewconsent of the governedpopular sovereigntystates’ rightsdue process