“The Supreme Law of the Land”. Constitution. It has now been over 200 years since the Constitution was ratified. From 13 states to 50 But how has the constitution kept up with the astounding growth and change over the years?
“The Supreme Law of the Land”
Congress has been a major agent of change
Presidents have used their power to contribute to the growth of the constitution
-Constitution does not mention political parties
-You can find these powers in Article I
-including: collect taxes, coin money, regulate foreign and interstate trade, declare war, etc.
-16th amendment, power to levy taxes
-Sometimes called the Elastic Clause, because it has been stretched to cover so many situations
-Examples: prohibited racial discrimination, building the interstate highway system
-”these powers exist because the U.S. exists”
-Examples: regulate immigration, acquire territory
1.the Constitution does not grant to the National government
2. And that are not denied to the States
Examples: Marriage Age, Drinking Age, Professional Licensing, Waste Management, Electric, Education
--Exclusive: Powers that are delegated to the National Government, and only to the National Government
Examples: Power to coin money, ,make treaties
--Concurrent Powers: Powers that both the National Government and State Governments posses and exercise.
Examples: collect taxes, set crime punishments
Bill of Rights
A person who enters a room and screams "Bomb!" just to see the reaction of the people in the room is protected under provisions in the Bill of Rights.
A police officer comes to your door and asks to search your home without probable cause. You don't want to allow the officer to enter, but he is allowed to search your home.Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
-Patriot Act: The Act increases the ability of law enforcement agencies to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records
Slowly losing rights
Violence is getting to the point in our society where they should stop letting civilians own guns.Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
The Death Penalty is a good way to punish those who murder another human being.Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
Your parents own a house. They invest hours of time and many thousands of dollar into it. The government can make your parents sell the house to them so a highway can be built on the land.Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
Amendment 5: Eminent Domain
Even after September 11th, people are still free to practice the Islamic religion in the United States.Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
A person involved in a dispute over $10 is permitted to take his or her complaint to a civil court. Agree/Disagree: Amendment :
5th & 6th Amendment protecting criminal rights= protecting everyone’s rights
11. President Obama is allowed to call you at home and tell you that you must let soldiers stay in your home. Agree/Disagree: Amendment:
Everybody should be required to stand during the pledge of allegiance
You cannot be tried for the same crime twice—called “Double Jeopardy”
You do not have to testify against your self. “I plead the fifth”
You must have due process of law before you are convicted
The government cannot take your land unless it pays.
Break the law and claim it is religious belief
Raise children without education
Deprive children of needs
Choose whatever religion
Lead prayer in most examples
Ask questions about religions
Worship what/whoever you want
The right to a jury trial in civil matters of $20 and over.
The Government cannot force you to shelter soldiers in your home without your consent in time of war or peace.