We the People . . . - The U.S. Constitution a most...

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The U.S. Constitution – a most magnificent document!
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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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Compromises in the Constitution Separation of Powers Federal government is divided into three branches -- Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Each branch is independent and equal. Each is a balance to the power of the other Federalism -- the national government’s power is limited to only the issues listed in Article I, §8. Individual Rights -- the original Constitution did not mention rights of citizens, so the first 10 amendments (Bill of Rights) spelled those out.
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Congress “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Article 1 establishes Congress with two houses. Each state has 2 Senators; number of Representatives is relative to each state’s population .
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Congressional Power Article 1 gives Congress powers and limits states http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei# section8 Congress regulates commerce with other nations and between different states. Each state regulates commerce within its own borders. Court test – limits of Commerce Clause -
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2012 for the course BA 3301 taught by Professor Stanb during the Spring '09 term at University of Houston - Downtown.

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