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What is the supreme law of the land: The Constitution
What does the Constitution do: Sets up the government or protects basic rights of Americans.
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words: We the People.
What is an amendment: To change or an add to the Constitution.
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution: The Bill of Rights.
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment: Speech, religion, assembly, press, petition the government.
How many amendments does the Constitution have: 27
What did the Declaration of Independence do: Our Independence from Great Britain.
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness.
What is freedom of religion: You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is the economic system in the United States: Capitalist economy and market economy.
What is the "rule of law": Everyone must follow the law. Leaders must obey the law. Government must obey the law. No one is above the law.
Name one branch or part of the government: Congress, Legislative, President, executive, the courts, judicial.
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful: Checks & Balances or separation of powers.
Who is in charge of the executive branch: The President
Who makes federal laws: Congress, Senate and House Representatives, Legislature.
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress: The Senate and House of Representatives.
How many U.S. Senators are there: 100
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years: 6
Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now:
The House of Representatives has how many voting members: 435
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years: 2
Name your U.S. Representative:
Who does a U.S. Senator represent: all people of the state.
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states: More people
We elect a President for how many years: 4
In what month do we vote for President: November
What is the name of the President of the United States now: Obama
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now: Joe Biden
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President: The Vice President.
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President: The Speaker of the House.
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military: The President
Who signs bills to become laws: The President
Who vetoes bills: The President
What does the President's Cabinet do: Advises the President
What are two Cabinet-level positions: Secretary of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, Attorney General or Vice President.
What does the judicial branch do: Reviews laws, explains laws, resolves disputes (disagreements), decides if a law goes against the Constitution.
What is the highest court in the United States: The Supreme Court
How many justices are on the Supreme Court: 9
Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now: John Roberts
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government, What is one power of the federal government: To print money, to declare war, to create an army, to make treaties.
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states:
Created by: jorgefho1970