Government by the people
Direct and Representative
people vote on all matters.
The people elect representatives to make decision for them.
constitution & regular elections
limits the power.
Constitution is supreme law in the land
law determining the fundamental political principles of a government.
changes in the Constitution
Changes can only occur through amendment process.
step 1: amendment proposed by 2/3 vote of both houses of congress OR a constitutional convention called by congress on petition of 2/3 out of 50 states. THEN amendment ratified by 3/4 of the 50 state legislatures OR 3/4 of special constitutional conventions called by 50 states THEN the new amendment.
ONLY reason government can restrict your rights:
If there is clear and present danger, public or safety is in jeopardized, national security, libel & equal opportunity.
Schenck v. U.S.
a United States Supreme Court decision concerning the question of whether the defendant possessed a First Amendment right to free speech against the draft during World War I. Ultimately, the case served as the founding of the "clear and present danger" rule