AASPOL - Exam3 Notes - I. The Constitution (A country of...

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I. The Constitution (A country of laws, not a country of men) A. Separation of Power - Concentrated power of any kind is dangerous and that they way prevent tyranny is to fragment central powers by 3 parts: executive, legislative, and judicial 1. To further ensure tyranny; legislative, executive, and judicial powers to check one another in such a way that no branch of the national government would be able to act entirely without the cooperation of others. 2. Checks and balance – each separate branch of the federal government can be check by the other two. Each branch has power, but none is able to exercise all of its power on its own. B. Anti-Federalist opposed to the Constitution was based on fear of centralized power and absence of the bill of rights. Federalists firmly believed that the bill of rights was unnecessary because the protection of rights in the state constitution C. The Constitution is the basic rule book for the game of American politics. 1. power and responsibility among governmental branches, define the nature of relationships among government institutions, specify individuals are to be selected for office, and how the rules are changed 2. Constitution changed by decisions and interpretations of Marbury vs. Madison, Roe vs. Wade, Griswold vs. Connecticut
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AASPOL - Exam3 Notes - I. The Constitution (A country of...

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