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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Constitutional Principles

Quick Survey

HW due Wednesday: Constitutional Principles Quiz

HW due Thursday: Read Brutus I and Federalist 51. Be prepared for an in-class discussion on Thursday using these discussion questions.

Final Exam: Constitution Test Review Sheet

One reason the Constitution has endured for so long and our country has been so successful is the effectiveness of the constitutional principles. These ideas, embodied in the Constitution, are designed to limit power and protect the rights of the people from tyrannical government.

Here are the key constitutional principles:
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Republicanism (Representative Government)
  • Federalism
  • Separation of Powers
  • Checks and Balances
  • Limited Government

In-class check for understanding (GoogleDoc of these examples):
Constitutional Principles

Evaluate and explain what Constitutional Principle (Limited Government, Separation of Powers, Checks & Balances, Popular Sovereignty, Federalism) is illustrated in each of the following examples.

_________________1. Congress passes the Affordable Care Act.

_________________ 2. The Supreme Court upholds the challenge to the Affordable Care Act and rules it constitutional.

_________________ 3. The Department of Health and Human Services begins implementing the national part of the Affordable Care Act.

_________________ 4. States set up their own health care exchange programs for people to buy low cost insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act.

_________________ 5. Two of Missouri’s representative lose their re-election bid after supporting the Affordable Care Act.

_________________ 6. Congress votes to defund (not provide money in the budget) for the Affordable Care Act.

_________________ 7. The national government cannot restrict your religious beliefs.

_________________ 8. Congress proposes an amendment to repeal the 22nd Amendment and it is ratified by the states.

_________________ 9. The President orders a military strike against Syria.

_________________ 10. Congress moves to impeach President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Helpful videos:

Crash Course: Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances

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