The Constitution, in 4300 words, creates a unique system of government consisting of the legislative branch, executive branch, and judiciary. At the time, there was nothing like it in the history of the world.

a. The purpose, powers and restrictions of the legislative branch; explaining the bi cameral nature of Congress
b. The purpose, powers and restrictions of the executive branch (don't forget the bureaucracy!)
c. The purpose, powers and restrictions on the judiciary (make sure to explain the (concept of judicial review)
d. How does/can branch of government uniquely impact the rights and privileges of the
American people? Give examples (positive or negative).
e. Why are citizens sometimes called "The Fourth Branch" ? Give examples of the way citizens impact and interact in government
f. Creating the Constitution required many compromises. Choose one compromise, explain it, and take a position on if it was necessary/worth it.
g. Explain why we refer to the Constitution as"a living document.
h. George Washington hoped that any errors he made as President would be viewed against "46 years of upright zeal in service to his country" and forgiven. Take a position on the Framers of the Constitution. Are they to be forgiven for the weakness and omissions of the Constitution? Explain your position.

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The Constitution

The Senate and the House of Representative constitute the Congress, thereby giving it a bicameral nature. The Congress is primarily the legislative branch of the American government. Hence, according to Janda, Berry, and Goldman, the primary mandate or purpose of the Congress is to make laws (58). The legislative branch usually comes up with new laws and changes the existing ones. While this is the case, Section 8 of Article 1 identifies that the Congress can only exercise the enumerated powers. To name just a few, the enumerated power include laying and collecting duties, taxes, excises, and imposts, borrow money on the U.S. credit, create a uniform rule of Naturalization along with unvarying laws of the bankruptcy subject matter, coin money and regulate its value, and establish Post Offices and Roads. Other pertinent enumerated powers include promoting the progress of science and meaningful arts, constituting tribunals, however inferior to the U.S. Supreme Court, and raise and support/reinforce armies. Nevertheless, the exercise of power by the legislative branch is subject to restrictions. For instance, the president might reject or veto the laws made by the Congress. In addition to this, for a law to pass, voting must take place and the majority should support a bill....

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