The Constitution!

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The Constitution!

  1. 1. Executive Branch:Headed by the president. The president carries out federal laws and recommends new ones, directs national defense and foreign policy, and performs ceremonial duties. Powers include directing government, commanding the Armed Forces, dealing with international powers, acting as chief law enforcement officer, and vetoing laws. Legislative Branch:Headed by Congress, which includes the House of Representatives and the Senate. The main task of these two bodies is to make the laws. Its powers include passing laws, originating spending bills (House), impeaching officials (Senate), and approving treaties (Senate). Judicial Branch: Headed by the Supreme Court. Its powers include interpreting the Constitution, reviewing laws, and deciding cases involving states' rights. THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
  2. 2. The system of checks and balances With checks and balances, each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the others. Each branch “checks” the power of the other branches to make sure that the power is balanced between them. This can benefit because, since they all have equal power, one branch cant make an incredibly unreasonable descicion.  Congress may pass laws........but the President can veto them.  The President can veto laws.......but Congress can override the veto with a 2/3 vote.  The President and Congress may agree on a law..........but the Supreme Court can declare a law unconsitutional.  The President can appoint Judges and other government officials.......but Senate must approve them.  Supreme Court judges have life terms.......but they can be impeached .
  3. 3. The Constitution IS an Improvement!! It created a stronger federal government that would be superior in many ways!! The Articles of Confederation, approved by Congress in 1777, had created a weak national government and left much of the power with the States.
  4. 4. *BILL OF RIGHTS* This document can be even more improved!! We will add a Bill of Rights also!! The rights will include:  Right to bear arms! Jury Trials! Eminent Domain! Many more!!
  5. 5. Three reasons why the state should ratify the constitution is: 1) A stronger government will be formed . 2) The three powers protected the rights of the people already . 3) Bill of Rights The Constitution SHOULD be RATIFIED!! Why?? This is why!!

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