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Intro to Why we have Government

intro lesson for US Government

Jordan Cox

on 3 January 2016

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Transcript of Intro to Why we have Government

Why Do We Have Government?
What are some of the criticisms
of government?
What are 5 things the government provides for you?
What was King's dream?
How does this relate to what is
written in the Declaration of Independence?
____ 1. Unalienable rights
____ 2. Pursuit of happiness
____ 3. Natural rights
____ 4. Consent of the governed
____ 5. Just powers
____ 6. Self-evident
Parts of the
Declaration of
The Preamble
Natural Rights
Part IV
Resolution of Independence
powers evident abolish people rights

equal life liberty consent powers
4 MAIN theories on the origins of government

Force Theory
Evolution Theory
(Natural Rights)
Divine Rights Theory
Social Contract Theory
Review - 4 theories of Government
Ideas of Government
Rule of Law
Limited Government
Due Process
The Base Documents
Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
English Bill of Rights
Cato's Letters
Common Sense
Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
English Bill of Rights
Cato's Letters
Common Sense

Review Items for U.S. Government – Exam 1 Fall 2012
• Theories of Origins of Government – Force Theory, Evolution Theory (Natural Rights), Divine Rights Theory, Social Contract Theory
• Colonial Influences – Big Ideas – Rule of Law, Self-Government, Due Process, Limited Government, Rights
• The Declaration of Independence – Parts of, Preamble, terms contained in – unalienable rights, pursuit of happiness, natural rights, consent of the governed, just powers, self-evident
• Information contained in “Hey King, Get off our backs!”
• Influential Documents – Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, English Bill of Rights, Cato’s Letters, Common Sense main ideas of, back stories of each, parts that migrated to US documents.
• Martin Luther King’s speech - “I Have A Dream”
• Notes from Lectures, Prezi elements

What would your life be like without government?
What does the Bible say about government?
Define Government and the basic powers every government holds.
Describe the four defining characteristics of the state.
Identify four theories that attempt to explain the origins of the state.
Understand the purpose of government in the United States and other countries.

government public policy
legislative power executive power
judicial power constitution
dictatorship democracy
state sovereign
4 Characteristics of the State

Group Work

Answer these ?'s about your document

1. Who? 2. What? 3. Where? 4. When? 5. Why?

6. What ideas/concepts from your doc
are incorporated into U.S. founding docs?
(include items/words from your original doc)
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 to both dictatorship and anarchy.
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