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Civics Unit 2

Constitutional Government

The government and those who govern are bound by law Rule of Law
The First 10 Amendments that guarantee rights to citizens Bill of Rights
Freedom of Speech, Petition, Press, Assembly and Religion First Amendment
Legislative Branch Congress, Makes Laws
Executive Branch President, Vice President, Cabinet, Enforces Laws
Judicial Branch Court System, Interprets Laws
Judicial Review the power of the judicial branch to declare laws and executive acts unconstitutional
the government is not all powerful and may do only those things the people have given it the power to do Limited Government
A system of government in which the people rule Democracy
The people elect leaders to conduct government on their behalf. Representative Government
A system that allows each branch of government to check the powers of the other two branches. Checks and Balances
Placing the power of government into separate branches. Separation of Powers
The sharing of power between the national and state governments. Federalism
Preamble The introduction to the U.S. Constitution; begins with the words, "We the People..."
The United States first plan of government that was replaced by the U.S. Constitution. The Articles of Confederation
Congress had no power to tax; States could print and coin their own money; No executive branch; No judicial branch Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
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