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U.S. Constitution Simplified

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Mady Rondeau

on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of U.S. Constitution Simplified

U.S. Constitution
Article 2
Article 2 establishes the second branch of government, executive. It says that there will be a president and vice president will have a four term year. It states that the president must be a natural-born citizen of the U.s. The presidents salary can't change while he's in office. Some examples of article two at work today are the president and vice president, checks and balances, Obama is a natural-born citizen of the U.S., and Obama has had the same salary for his first and second term.
Article 4
Article four says how the says how the states are related. It says how the new states can become part of the United States. It guarantees all states a republican form of government and that the federal government will protect all of the states against any enemy. A few examples of article 4 at work today are the clean water act, clean air act, endangered species act, the community right-to-know act, and the fungicide act
Article 6
Article 6 says that the United States will pay its debts. it states that the Constitution will be the supreme law of the land. All of the judges in all states must use the Constitution to decide cases in law. 5 examples of article 6 at work today are that we didn't have a problem with debt until about ten years ago, higher courts can check lower courts work, the supreme court can deem lower courts wrong and pull people away from their consequences, other branches can say decisions in court are unconstitutional, and judges have to be truthful.
Article 3
Article 3 is about the court systems. It tells who appoints the judges and how long they can serve. It tells what kind of cases the supreme court may try. 5 examples of article 3 at work today are that supreme court judges are in office until they retire or die, justices appoint the judges, higher courts can try cases they think are wrong, specific rules for different districts, state constitutions over-rule the U.S. constitution in that state.
Article 5
Article five states how congress and the states may change the U.S. Constitution by adding amendments. A couple examples of article 5 at work today are the 27 amendments in the U.S. constitution, the 102 amendments to the Washington state constitution, the 32 articles in WA constitution, the 12 articles of the US constitution, and all of the other states constitutions.
Article One
Article one establishes the first of the three branches of the government, the legislature. It also states that the congress will be split into 2 sections, the upper and lower house. An important thing to know about article one is that the congress is bicameral, or a two part, body. A few examples of article one at work today is Senate, The House of Representatives, keeping the two sides seperate, checks and balances, and the legislative branch still making laws.
Article 7
Article 7 tells how the states can ratify the constitution.
The 7 Principles of the Constitution
Asserts that the people are the primary source of the government
Election of the president
Limited Government
The government only has the powers the constitution gives it
The president can get in trouble if he does something unconstitutional
Separation of Powers
The idea that powers of government mus be clearly defined and divided into legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
The U.S. has a very defined separation of powers.
Checks and Balances
Each branch of government has the power to check, or limit, the actions of the other two branches.
Checks and balances keeps the other branches from doing anything stupid.
Popular Sovereignty
The division of power between the federal government and the states.
The federal government can declare war but, the states cannot.
A government in which citizens rule themselves through elected representatives.
Republicanism wants lower taxes.
Individual Rights
The freedom to act, work, behave, and think without retribution
The bill of Rights
To Form a More Perfect Union-
Making America better than when it was ruled by Britain.-
We have equality.
Establish Justice-
Judicial branch very supported all over the United States.-
We have a strong judicial system.
Insure Domestic Tranquility-
Keeping peace on American soil.-
We haven't had a war on U.S. soil for over 150 years.
Provide for the Common Defense-
United States keeps a large military system.-
We have a strong military.
Promote the General Welfare-
Various programs for needy people.-
We don't have many homeless people.
Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity-
Keeping America a free country for generations.-
We are an entirely free country!
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