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Unformatted text preview: THE CONSTITUTION American Political System 9/9/2010 Next week Federlism: read chapter 4 plus supplements. Federalism: Division of Powers- The framers created a federal system with a relatively strong central government- Supremacy clause: o Article VI, Clause 2. This clause asserts and establishes the Constitution, the federal laws made in pursuance of the Constitution, and treaties made by the United States with foreign nations as "the Supreme Law of the Land" (using modern capitalization). The text of Article VI, Clause 2, establishes these as the highest form of law in the American legal system, both in the Federal courts and in all of the State courts, mandating that all state judges shall uphold them, even if there are state laws or state constitutions that conflict with the powers of the Federal government. (Note that the word "shall" is used here and in the language of the law, which makes it a necessity, a compulsion.)- Elastic clause: o In Article I Section 8 of the US Constitution lies the "enumerated powers" of Congress. The last of which is what is referred to as the "elastic clause." Congress....
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course ENVD 3114 taught by Professor Pyatt during the Spring '10 term at University of Colorado Denver.
- Spring '10
- The Federalist Papers