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Constitution

TermDefinition
Preamble introduction to Constitution that states all goals
Limited Government The government has only powers given to it by the people
Popular Sovereignty people are the source of the governments power
Separation of Powers Sharing of powers among three branches of government
Checks and Balances each branch has the power to check or stop actions of the other branches
Republicanism citizens elect representatives to carry out their wishes
Federalism division of power between the state and the federal government
Living Documents Documents that change to meet the needs and time
Liberty freedom to think or act without being stopped by the government
Equality giving the same rights to all people
Amend change
Shared Powers of the State and Federal Governments Powers needed for the government to do their job
Federal Government Powers Powers concerned with good of the nation as a whole
State Government Powers Powers concerned with everyday lives of the people
Supremacy Clause Constitution is the highest law in the land
Denied Federal Powers Take rights away from people accused of crime, Treat states unequally, give titles of nobility, spend money without Congress approval
Denied State Powers Powers that deal with the nation
Relations Among the States must recognize each others legal documents, must treat all citizens equally,return other states criminals
Differences Between NY and US Constitution Judges retire at 65 in NY, judges have veto in NY, different jobs
Individual Rights How people deserved to be treated by the government
Justice fairness in the way people are treated or laws are made
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