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1 American Government and Economics: Unit 3: The US Constitution Mr. ChortanoffOverview and InsightsChapter 3“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”–James Madison
2 The Big Idea: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights establishes a framework for government and guarantees individual liberties Unit Essential Question: What are the different parts of the Constitution and how are your rights protected?
3 4 Concepts: E.Qs. Basic Principles What are the basic principles of the US Constitution?What purposes do the principles of the US Constitution serve?ArticlesWhat are the Articles of the US Constitution?How do the Articles of the US Constitutionestablish a framework for our government?Bill of Rights/AmendmentsWhat are the amendments to the US Constitution?Amendment ProcessWhat is the formal amendment process?Why are the amendments necessary?
4 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Unit 3:CHAPTER 3THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
5 PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY – people are the source for government (not God, nature, or war/generals)LIMITED GOVERNMENTgovernment only does what people/the constitution/law says it can (rule of law, not men)SEPARATION OF POWERS – 3 independent branchesREPUBLICANISMElections are held for, of, and by the people
6 Three of the Basic Principles The principle of popular sovereignty asserts that the people are the source of any and all government power, and government can exist only with the consent of the governed.The principle of limited government states that government is restricted in what it may do, and each individual has rights that government cannot take away.Separation of powers is the principle in which the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government are three independent and coequal branches of government.Chapter 3, Section 1
7 PRINCIPLES CONTINUED CHECKS AND BALANCES JUDICIAL REVIEW FEDERALISM can restrain other branches (vetoes, appointments, etc.)JUDICIAL REVIEWSupreme Court can declare laws unconstitutionalFEDERALISM– Strong central government and division of powersINDIVIDUAL RIGHTSThe Bill of Rights protects your civil liberties and choices
8 The Principles continued Checks and balances is the system that allows the legislative, executive, and judicial branches to check, or restrain, the actions of one another.The principle of judicial review consists of the power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a governmental action.Federalism is a system of government in which the powers of government are divided between a central government and several local governments.
9 Amending the Constitution The Constitution provides for its own amendment—that is, for changes in its written words.Article V sets out two methods for the proposal and two methods for the ratification of constitutional amendments, creating four possible methods of formal amendment.
11 Amending the Constitution Formal: Passage of legislation by CongressProposed by 2/3 of Congress; ratification by ¾ of state legislatures or state conventionsProposed by a national convention, called by Congress at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures; ratification by ¾ of state legislaturesProposal by a national convention; ratification by ¾ of state conventionsInformal:Actions by the President (E.Os, treaties)Key decisions of Supreme CourtActivities of Political PartiesCustoms (president’s cabinet)Amending the Constitution
12 Informal Amendment Process: Executive Action and Court Decisions Presidential actions have produced a number of important informal amendments, such as the use of the military under the power of commander in chief (executive orders)An executive agreement is a pact made by the President directly with the head of a foreign state. (trade, mil.)Court DecisionsThe nation’s courts, most importantly the United States Supreme Court, interpret and apply the Constitution in many cases they hear.
13 An Outline of the Constitution: The Constitution sets out the basic principles upon which government in the United States was built.The Constitution is a fairly brief document.The Constitution is organized into eight sections: the Preamble and seven articles. The original document is followed by 27 amendments.
14 Articles of the Constitution Article I – LegislatureArticle II – ExecutiveArticle III – JudiciaryArticle IV – Relations of the States to One AnotherArticle V – Process of AmendingArticle VI – Federal SupremacyArticle VII - RatificationEstablish and empower
15 AMENDMENTS1ST 10 Amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of RightsThere have been 27 amendments added in all2 of these (#18 and #21- prohibition of alcohol) cancel each other out