2 I. Goals of the Constitution A. National Defense & FinancesB. A National Court SystemC. Peace among the people of the nationD. Poorly trained militia from each stateE. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of HappinessF. Individual rights will not be taken away.
3 II. Major principles A. The People B. We elect representatives who governC. Bill of Rights & Article 1D. Enumerated, Reserved, ConcurrentE. Legislative – make laws, Executive – carry out laws, Judicial – interpret lawsF. Examples – SEE CHARTG. basic liberties & rights such as: speech, religion, press, etc.
4 III. A Living Constitution A. 1. 2/3 vote in both houses of Congress2. ¾ of statesB.2. Powers not specifically defined in the ConstitutionC. As time goes by the country/world becomes more complicatedD. Judicial review – declaring laws unconstitutional
5 Guided Reading Activity 2 Constitution 1. Six2. They serve 2 year terms3. make laws & control spending4. conference committee tries to work out a compromise5. president can deploy troops for up to 60 days without approval of Congress6. sets the agenda or plan
6 7. State, Treasury, Defense 8. kidnapping & federal tax cheating9. past laws, traditions and circumstances10. Judicial review11. Senators – 30, Representatives – 2512. They are tried in the Senate
7 13. attend public meetings 14. They can override a veto with a 2/3 vote in each house15. The President negotiates and the Senate ratifies16. Executive Office of the President17. State of the Union Address18. 919. Supreme Court’s power to declare laws unconstitutional20. They can make state laws unconstitutional