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Politics of the United States
U.S. Govt ch.3 & 4 - Littleton
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provision of the U.S. constitution that states that the constitution, federal law, and treaties of the U.S. are the "supreme law of the land"
declares the constitution is nations supreme law.
what is the significance of article VI of the constitution?
principle of popular sovereignty
what is the basis for the words "we the people"?
how can the president check congress?
how did the framers of the constitution reconcile the need for an effective central government with respect for state governments?
proposed by 1st session of congress in 1787, arose out of controversy surrounding the ratification of the constitution itself, guarantees protection of basic rights
what are the broad facts about the bill of rights
many of its meanings and provisions have been modified to fit into todays society.
why has the constitution endure for more than 200 years?
sets out 2 methods for the proposal and 2 methods for the ratification of amendments. formal amendments may be added to the document
what is article V of the constitution?
make changes in the constitution but not involve any changes in its written word
what is the purpose of the informal amendment process?
protection of basic constitutional rights of the people: freedom of belief, expression, security, and fair & equal treatment before the law. Added because people said they would support only if the constitution had a listing of basic
what does the bill of rights guarantee? why was it added to the constitution?
judiciary act of 1787
what is an example of the informal amendment process?
power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a governmental action. in most cases they are found constitutional
what is judicial review and how does the court usually rule?
how can congress check the president?
can declare laws passed by congress unconstitutional. each appointment of a fed. judge must be approved by the majority in senate
how can the supreme court check both congress and the president
popular sovereignty, limited government, checks and & balances separation of powers, judicial review, federalism
what are the basic characteristics of the US constitution?
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