The first American Constitution. They were ratified (approved) in 1781, and were in effect during the Revolution. States had more power than the national government, leading to problems in including a poor economy and weak nation defense (during the Revolution, there was rarely enough money to supply or pay the army).
The Articles of Confederation.
Guarantees "due process" rights - to an attorney, to have any charges made public, to not have to testify against yourself, and to not be tried for the same thing twice (no double-jeopardy).
The Congress, made up of the House Representatives and the Senate, and it passes laws.
The court system, with the Supreme Court the highest court in the land, and it settles disputes and review laws to make sure they are enforced fairly.
How can the Constitution be amended?
1. 2/3 bote of both houses of Congress
2. Approval of 3/4 of the states legislatures
Five goals of the Constitution:
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.
Five main principals of the Constitution:
Popular sovereignty (the people rule), limited government (limits on the power of the governments), federalism (sharing power between the national government and the states), separation of powers (keeping all the power from the hands of one branch or person), and checks and balances (each branch can "check," or veto, the other two).
Process of becoming a law:
1. Bill must first be approved by a majority of both houses of Congress
2. Must not be vetoed (by the Pres.)
If a law is vetoed, what can happen?
The Congress can override that veto with a vote of 2/3 of both houses.
A law that is challenged as ______________, is reviewed by the ____________________.
Unconstitutional; Supreme Court