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Texas vs. U.S constitution

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Long Nguyen

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Transcript of Texas vs. U.S constitution


Both have a bill of right in their constitution
How voter select officials
Plan of government
Limits power of the government
Three branches of government
The goal was to protect citizens rights
Texas vs. U.S Constitution
Levels of Government
(Separation of Powers)

U.s consists of seven articles
Texas constitution consists of 17 articles
Texas included the bill of right in its first article
The u.s has only amended 27 over 200 years
Texas has only amended 300 times since 1876 years
Texas has had 6 constitutions
U.S is organized into three parts
Limited government
- it is when the government is restricted from doing something by law
-the form or system of rule by which a state is governed
Checks and Balance
-it is power that is controlled by three branches which they can veto any law or bill
-power that is divided between the federal government and the state government
Separation of Power
-when the power is divided into three branches
Popular Sovereignty
-The government allows the people to express their ideas through voting
Individuals Right
-rights guaranteed to each citizens by the bill of rights

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An independent Texas entering the United States was quite an achievement.
On entering the union, they gained the amendments to the US constitution that included the bill of rights.
The key features of the bill of rights were very important to Texans, as it included freedom of speech, the right to vote, the right of happiness, and other rights guaranteed.
A key feature was criminal justice and “due process”, granting Texans the right to go to a court of law and a full legal process before a criminal finding and sentence could be found.
Under Mexican rule, Texans had been poorly treated and denied these rights.
Bill of Rights
United States Constitution
Limited Government
The Founding Fathers Created 3 Reasons for the Government:
Self Government-Where the citizens control their government.
Inherent Rights-Rights that any citizen who lives in United States.
Principals of Government- Federalism, Checks and Balances, Separations of Powers, etc.
The Constitution is separated into 3 parts
Amendments- Changes to documents; The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights.
Again, Texas used the US constitution to as guide for a feature called checks and balances with regard to the rights of individual areas of Texas.
The key feature was to balance the strength of individual states out better so that states will be equal in representation in the US, and it was adopted for each region of Texas to have representation.
As well, the executives of Texas, its judges, and its legislators had its own way to checks and balances to fence in and any single branch from becoming too powerful.
this is important because
Checks and Balances
At its origins, the United States was based on the concept of popular sovereignty, and as such Texas was attracted to and adopted this feature.
The idea is that the power of the government is given to it by individual people.
As people choose to give the government power, they can also choose to take it back if they are not well served.
The leaders of the county represent the collective rights of many individuals who have chosen representative and granted them powers.
Their election by popular vote follows the features of the bill of rights.
By voting for these representatives and voting out representatives it found lacking, Texans were guaranteeing the right to justice under the law.
The United States constitution included guidelines on the separation of power, which described the rules and powers granted individual states versus the national government.
Some of these laws were simple and common sense, such as Texas did not have the right to attempt to take over the entire national government by force or might.
Others laws focused on the rights granted each state against another, with guidelines that granted equal representation for each state and allowed for other factors based on population.
An original factor for the American Revolution included a refusal by Great Britain to grant America representation in managing and governing itself.
Texas saw these factors as hugely important in both writing its own constitution and joining the United States.
Popular Sovereignty
The concept of limited government is based on people choosing the laws they must obey against individual or group freedoms they value.
Texas has had strong beliefs in individual rights, or the rights of people against a powerful government.
If the government was viewed at being so powerful that it badly infringed on citizen’s rights, then the people needed the right to change these powers and bring the powers back to the citizens.
The informal government that Texas had during the revolution against Mexico was also limited, but it’s faults included a weak original constitution and representative leadership.
As a republic, Texas sought to build these features into its laws as it progressed as an independent state.
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Levels of Government
Federal- United States
Legislative- Creates the laws(bills)
Executive-Enforces the law(apply it to the United States
Judicial-Interprets the law
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