Government's authority comes from the people
Passes laws that interpret and reinterpret the Constitution.
Protects states' powers not specifically listed in the Constitution.
Bill of Rights
First 10 amendments to the Constitution
This is the courts decision to determine if governments actions are against the Constitution
Occurs when political opponents block one another's legislation
Provides for freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and press
Organized group that attempts to win elections and influence the government's actions
Rejection of legislation
Changes to the Constitution
Presidential agreements with foreign governments; Senate approval not required
Checks and Balance
The Constitution's system of _________________________ allows each branch of government to limit the power of those in control of the other branches.
These people are heads of departments who together advise the President
Separation of Power
Ensures that no single branch of government has too much authority.
A reverse due to a legislative act is called