The U.S. Constitution By: Jason Mardo

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Constitution was signed September 17, 1787. It is used to show the different powers who has in the U.S. government. It was signed by the Delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Right now, the Constitution is being held at the National Achieves Museum.

POPULAR SOVERIGGNITY

Popular sovereignty states that all government power comes from the citizens. The United States is a democracy, meaning that the people are the starting source of the government. We elect who we believe would be the best candidate out of the democratic, republican, and independent options. We perform the election by having everyone that is 18 or older and in eligible to vote go and fill in which president they believe by filling in a bubble. In the preamble of the constitution, the first three words are as follows, "We the people". These are the most important words in the constitution because it shows the power of the American citizens and it resembles what a democracy should be.

LIMITED GOVERNMENT

Limited Government is when he constitution specifically states what powers the government has and what they can and cannot do. No matter the circumstance, any government leader should not be above the law. For example, in art 1, sec 9, cl 6, it states that the senate and the House of Representatives has the power for impeachment if the president isn't suited for the job, or if the people all believe that he/she is not right or mature enough for that high amount of power.

SEPERATION OF POWERS

The separation of powers states that the government power is separated into 3 different branches, all with different people and jobs. According to art 1, sec 3, cl 2, the three branches are the judicial, legislative, and executive. The president and the citizens are what make up the executive branch. The judicial branch is made up of supreme court members and the legislative branch is the senate and the house of representatives We separate the government into branches because we don't want one single person to have all the power combined of the three branches.

FEDERALISM

Federalism is when the united states shares the power between the nation and the states. In Art 1, Sec 2, Cl 5, it reads that it is divided in such a way to provide the maximum amount of stability and equality. The nations government controls the more immense ideas and laws while the states provide solutions to smaller questions and control the less important ideas for their state. Each state elect governors and depending on the population of that state, the larger the population the more senates they will have. The nation is who votes on who will become the president.

CHECKS AND BALENCES

Checks and Balances is how the president gets impeached. In Art 1, Sec 2, Cl 5, it announces that the house of representatives and the senate has the power for impeachment. An impeachment is changing the current president to a new one because people believe or there is facts that he is not suited for the job. If the president is impeached, the vice president will proceed to become the new president.

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

Representative Government is how the people vote for who they believe will be the best option for a new president, governor, or any other government position. According to Art 1, Sec 2, the government has the House of Representatives to represent the people in federal affairs. It also says that each state has a number of electors, but no senator or representative.

QUIZ

1) When was the constitution created?

2) Define Separation of Powers.

3) Predict what would happen if the Constitution was never created.

4) What is the maid idea of Federalism?

5) Do you think that the constitution was a good thing or a bad thing? Explain.

6) If you had access to all recourses, how would you handle today's problems with terrorism?

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