The Constitution divides the branches between the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branch. These are further divided into the President, Vice President, Congress, House of Representatives, etc. Federalism Federalism is the balance between the national government and state governments. The Constitution takes inspiration from the Articles of Confederation and gives the states power, but makes it so they ultimately answer to the national government.
Independent Judiciary The Judicial Branch must be free from influence from the other two branches to make an unbiased decision. The Constitution establishes that the Supreme Court must be non-partisan in its decisions. Individual Rights These rights are protected under the Bill of Rights, and are re established in the Constitution. They serve the purpose of protecting each U.S. citizen with rights that cannot be infringed upon according to each amendment. The Constitution stresses that all citizens have individual rights that cannot be infringed upon. Section 5: KL
1. A strict construction of the Constitution is taking it literally and not being open to interpretation on its meanings. A loose construction is being open to interpretation on its meanings and believing that the meanings can change over time.