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An introductory statement; particularly the introductory part of a constitution or statute that states the reasons for and intent of the law
The political leaders of the United States who helped in creating its system of government.
The administration of law; esp the establishment or determination of rights according to the rule of law.
All future generations.
To order by law, to enact.
Pertaining to a union of states under a central government.
The doctrine that citizens have the power to decide how the country should operate.
Marked by enthusiastic support for one's country and way of life.
Justice is defined as __________.
the administration of law
Using complete sentences, list four of the six principles outlined in the Preamble and give an example of each.
1. To form a more perfect Union
2. Establish Justice
3. Insure domestic Tranquility
4. Provide for the common defense
5. Promote the general Welfare
6. Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity
The United States Constitution is a finely crafted document that was written to last, for the sake of _____________.
Using complete sentences, summarize the purposes of the Preamble of the Constitution.
There are four main purposes of the Preamble. The first is to serve as an introduction for the Constitution. The function of the Preamble is to outline the goals of a united government as originally designed by the Framers. It also explains the purpose of the Constitution. The Preamble also establishes that power of the government comes from the people who live in the country and not from the people who are in power.
__________ is an example of forming a more perfect union.
All the states working as a single nation
__________ is an example of providing for the common defense today.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Using complete sentences, explain three ways that the goal of securing the blessings of liberty is reflected today. How does the United States try to pass liberty on to future generations?
The goal of securing the blessings of liberty is reflected in many ways today throughout the United States. For example, the US has added a Bill of Rights to the Constitution to make sure all citizens are aware of their rights and to guarantee that those rights are protected. Another example is that the Constitution is open to amendments, which means that with time more rights can be added with the changes in beliefs; this includes voting and citizenship rights. A third example of securing blessings and liberty is that citizens in the United States have the ability to protest against injustice. When Americans believe that the government is doing something wrong, they have the ability to protest and petition against it without the fear of suppression from higher authorities. The United States tries to pass liberty on to future generations by teaching the youth why knowing their rights is important and teaching them about their rights, government, and the economic system in school
Raising and collecting taxes is an example of __________.
promoting the general welfare
"We the people" are the first words of the Preamble. What do these words mean and how are they reflected in the United States government system today?
The phrase "We the People" introduces the United States Constitution. The purpose of these words is to establish that the American government system is led by its citizens. Citizens have the power to decide how the country will operate. This is known as popular sovereignty, which is one of the foundations of American government. The government does not get its power from a king or Congress, it receives all of its power from the people it serves. The concept of popular sovereignty is reflected in the United States today because people have the right to vote. They can elect representatives and the president. If they are unhappy with elected officials, they have the right to replace them. Citizens also have the right to protest against their government without the fear of suppression or oppression from higher authorities.
Pick one federal agency discussed in the lecture and describe what it does to promote the general welfare in the United States today.
The Food and Drug Administration tries to promote the general welfare by testing food to make sure it is safe before humans consume it.
In Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the __________, stating that it was a violation of __________.
students . . . their First Amendment rights
Which of the following was NOT a reason the United States needed a stronger national government system?
The Articles of Confederation based the number of votes a state had in Congress on the size of its population.
Encouraging trade is an example of __________.
promoting the general welfare
What was the cause of Shays' Rebellion?
__________ are the political leaders of the United States who helped in creating its system of government.
The federal government __________ is an example of establishing justice.
establishing federal courts
Which of the following events is an example of forming a more perfect union today?
Americans singing patriotic songs after the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place
Under the Articles of Confederation, justice and law enforcement are left to __________.
Maintaining order in society is an example of __________.
insuring domestic tranquility
What was one of the main problems with states controlling their own currency?
States could make their own money and assign it a specific value.
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