Unformatted text preview: of government to check each other. • Specificity: The Constitution grants specific powers to the president, Congress, the states, and the people and explicitly denies them of some other powers. • Checks and balances: The framers balanced the power of the government among three separate and independent branches so that no one branch can dominate the others. Further, each branch of government has some specific power to check or limit the power of the others: The president can veto (prevent from becoming law) acts of Congress, Congress can override presidential vetoes, and the Supreme Court has assumed the power of judicial review. • The Bill of Rights: The first ten amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights, which guarantees some fundamental legal rights to all Americans, including the freedoms of speech, assembly, press, and religion. • Rules for elections: The Constitution ensures that states and the voters have the power to change the government....
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- Winter '09
- Government, Supreme Court of the United States