Constitution Study guide

Ex Posto Law
a law that declares criminal act that was not illegal when it was commited, increases the punishment for the crime after it was commited, or alters the rules of evidence in the particuler crime.
Bill Of Attainer
a Legislative act that inflicts punishment without a court trial
Magna Carta
Due Process of Law
Protection against arbitrary
trial by jury
Rule of Law
Concept that holds that government and its officers are always subject to the law
Bill Of Rights
1st 10 Amendments
Separation Of Powers
A system of government in which each branch has certain duties which would prevent each branch from gaining too much power.
Example of Separation of Powers
If The House and Senate pass a law, the President signs it, but the Supreme Court decides it is unconstitutional, they can strike down the law.

The President nominates Judges for the Supreme Court, the US Senate must approve the Judge nominated before he can serve.
How the Constitution is Amended
You need to get 2/3rds of both houses of congress and 3/4 of the states (either legislatures or a vote in the states) to amend the constitution.
How is the Constitution a Living Document
The constitution can be changed as of today. It could still to this day have new amendments and rights that could be given or even taken away. This is what makes it a living document.
The Federal Shutdown
a situation in which Congress fails to pass authorization for sufficient funds for government operations
Citizens who were in favor of ratifying the Constitution, they wanted a strong national government
Against the Constitution
is an appeal to the subject to follow the crowd, to join in because others are doing so as well.
Card stacking
presenting information that is positive to an idea or proposal and omitting information contrary to it.
Name Callling
language or words that carry a negative connotation when describing an enemy.
Plain Folk
to convince the public that his views reflect those of the common person
Testimonials are quotations or endorsements, in or out of context, which attempt to connect a famous or respectable person with a product or item.
Associating a person or idea with something everyone thinks is good
strength of Articles of Confederation
Strong state governments
weakness of Articles of Confederation
could not regulate trade between states
Why was the Constitution written
to limit the power of the governmnet
The Great Compromise
(also called the Connecticut Compromise) called for one house in which each state would have an equal vote (The Senate) and a second house (The House of Representatives) in which representation would be based on population.
Popular Sovereignty
Basic principle of the American system of government that asserts that the people are the source of any and all governmental power and that government can exist only with the consent of the governed.