United States Constitution
the world's oldest written plan of government
additions to the Constitution
the introduction of the Constitution: "We the people of the United States"
means the people hold the power
a system of government which the people choose representatives to make the laws and run the government
is both a democracy and a democratic republic
when the power of the government is divided between the states and the central government, which is what the Constitution provided
has the power to declaer war, coin money, make treaties with other countries, run the post office, and settle disputes between states.
have power to set up schools and local governments and run elections.
State and Federal
have the power to collect taxes and to pass laws
checks and balances
the system in which the powers of one branch of government are balanced by the powers of another. Each branch can check, or stop, another branch.
when the President can refuse to approve a law passed by Congress. if 2/3 of both houses of Congress agree, Congress can override, or cancel, a president's veto