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A Constitutional Government We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution Unit 1 Section 4
Key Concepts: <ul><li>Constitutional government </li></ul><ul><li>Limits </li></ul><ul><li>Autocratic or dictatorial gover...
A Constitution <ul><li>Constitution: a legal framework for government </li></ul><ul><li>Tells how the government is organi...
A Constitution Cont. <ul><li>(d) how people are elected to serve in government; (e) who is considered a citizen; (f) how m...
A Constitutional Government <ul><li>Constitutional Government: means that the person or group running the government has  ...
A Constitutional Government Cont. <ul><li>No limit of power on government, or limits power but the limits are not enforced...
A Constitutional Government Cont. <ul><li>Examples of current day dictatorial governments in black:  </li></ul>
Higher Law <ul><li>A constitutional government that has a constitution that limits power is a government with higher law <...
Higher Law Cont. <ul><li>The Constitution’s functions:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(a) list basic rights to life, liberty, and ...
Higher Law Cont. <ul><li>The government can only be changed with widespread consent of the citizens  </li></ul>
Final Thoughts <ul><li>What are two areas of your private life which you think the government should not interfere?  Why? ...
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  1. 1. A Constitutional Government We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution Unit 1 Section 4
  2. 2. Key Concepts: <ul><li>Constitutional government </li></ul><ul><li>Limits </li></ul><ul><li>Autocratic or dictatorial government </li></ul><ul><li>Higher law </li></ul><ul><li>Private domain </li></ul><ul><li>Monarchy </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Constitution <ul><li>Constitution: a legal framework for government </li></ul><ul><li>Tells how the government is organized </li></ul><ul><li>May be written, oral, or both </li></ul><ul><li>Answers questions of: (a) purpose of government; (b) the organization of government and its parts; (c) the government’s business in making laws; (d) </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Constitution Cont. <ul><li>(d) how people are elected to serve in government; (e) who is considered a citizen; (f) how much control citizens have over government and; (g) what rights do citizens have. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Constitutional Government <ul><li>Constitutional Government: means that the person or group running the government has limits on their power. </li></ul><ul><li>limits: actions and decisions the government may not do or make </li></ul><ul><li>Some countries do not have a limited power the government has </li></ul><ul><li>Powers are limited and enforced </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Constitutional Government Cont. <ul><li>No limit of power on government, or limits power but the limits are not enforced, it is not considered a Constitutional Government </li></ul><ul><li>Autocratic or Dictatorial Government: a government that has unlimited power </li></ul>
  7. 7. A Constitutional Government Cont. <ul><li>Examples of current day dictatorial governments in black: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Higher Law <ul><li>A constitutional government that has a constitution that limits power is a government with higher law </li></ul><ul><li>higher law: set of laws that establish and limit the power of the government </li></ul><ul><li>All people, including governmental </li></ul><ul><li>leaders, must obey the law </li></ul>
  9. 9. Higher Law Cont. <ul><li>The Constitution’s functions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(a) list basic rights to life, liberty, and property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(b) establish responsibility of government to protect those rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(c) place limits on how the people in government may use power: with citizens’ rights, how resources are distributed, and how conflicts are handled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(d) Establishes private domain: part of a person’s life that is not the government’s business </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Higher Law Cont. <ul><li>The government can only be changed with widespread consent of the citizens </li></ul>
  11. 11. Final Thoughts <ul><li>What are two areas of your private life which you think the government should not interfere? Why? </li></ul>
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